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Copyright Act Review by Dominic Lee

© Copyright Act Review by Dominic Lee

Copyright law under review.

I attended the Copyright Review Committee public meeting in Trinity College today #CRC11

While this was a “Review”, it quickly became clear to me that the committee’s agenda is to attempt to introduce “Fair Use” to the Copyright Act 2000.  However, the term “Don’t Want to Pay” is more appropriate in each and every aspect of those in favour of this change.

One speaker, a website owner, actually believes he should be exonerated from Copyright Law because he is not responsible for any Copyrighted material posted on His website by Joe Public.  He is just like my local Copy-Shop owner who thinks likewise because he allows the customer to operate the copy machine while he stands at the cash register and therefore never sees the copyright sticker!

Media publications would never dream of publishing a painting by Graham Knuttel or an extract from a Maeve Binchy book without asking their permission first but many of them have no problem riding rough-shot over Photographers work because they know there is a very slim chance that we could afford to sue for breach of Copyright.

YouTube  can detect a copyrighted track of music when you submit a video to their site and they offer two choices, switch to one of their copyright free music tracks or they offer the copyright owner a share of advertising relative to that video.

A new feature on Google Images will allow you to drop in an image and Google will tell you where it is being used on the www. So the technology exists which means this notion of “Fair Use” is nothing more than an attempt to deprive the creator of his or her rightful reproduction fee. Photographers make a living by selling photographs and deserve to be treated with the same respect as musicians, artists, and writers. There is great advertising value to be gained by using our images on the www but the Copyright Law must protect us from those who wish to make a living at our expense. Fair Use is not Fair Play.


Details of this review can be found at the following link:



Corin Bishop - July 5, 2011 - 11:07 am

well said!

p.s. also love the images on the blog header!

Conall - July 5, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Blaming the operators of public forums for copyright infringements that their users commit is ridiculous. He operates a site where people can talk and share viewpoints, and this includes the posting of images. He made it clear multiple times that if any infringements are found or reported, they are removed as quickly as possible

admin - July 6, 2011 - 8:48 am

Thanks Conall but that’s like saying he is not actually breaking the speed limit unless he gets caught!
Can you offer any suggestions as to how to address the issues of those concerned?

John - July 6, 2011 - 4:24 pm

I was at that meeting as well and I didn’t feel the CRC was pushing a particular agenda. Copyright is a complex issue and they have to consider it from every angle – not just from that of the content creator. I think the chair was very even-handed in his moderation of the event. Still, though, I thought David Cochrane was being a bit unrealistic when he said he expected the photographer to inform him of instances of copyright infringement – as if she has time to sit around all day and trawl the internet!

Oatlands Class of 1974 V’s Class of 2011 by Dominic Lee

Oatlands Class of 1974 V’s Class of 2011 by Dominic Lee

Its hard to believe that its 37 years since I finished Oatlands Secondary school (class of 1974) but it is equally hard to believe that my son Rob is today finished in the same school (class of 2011) Rob is 8th from the left in the front row.

And what a different looking bunch of lads we were back then, hippies mostly by the look of us (I’m in the 2nd row, 4th from the left, the good looking fella with the long hair). Wearing the uniform was optional, only one or two wore it but I suspect their parents dictated that along with the short back & sides!

These days if the boys arrive without the school tie they are forced to either hire one for the day or go home. While there is an obvious curtailment on indivuality, the concept of conforming to a required standard probably helps create a sense of equality among the students as Oatlands now embraces many nationalities and religions (and probably a few athiests!).

Sadly my year has four RIP’s listed already which makes the year photo so precious, as the older we get the more value we place on memories.

I take this opportunity to wish my son and all his pals the best of luck in their exams and I think its worth mentioning that in the 37 years since I finished school that no one has ever asked me for my Leaving Cert Results!

PS We dont usually do a signed version of the group but we made an exception this year and it has been very well received by the lads.



Pat Agnew - December 30, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Hello Dominic! What a sight in 1974. Can’t see myself in there – must have skipped the photo along with the classes that day. Pity!

I can only recognise 2 for sure – not including you.

Hope you are well,


Hughie O'Malley - May 10, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Wow what a classic photo. I just heard about this from someone who was googling my name. The hair is much shorter and less nowadays. It would be great to touch base with some of the old class

Gerry Carberry - August 16, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Great photos Dominic. Brings back lots of good memories and some bad. Will keep in touch

Gerry Carberry

Diamond Award for Laura Leonard (LIPPA) of Priory Studios by Dominic Lee

Judges at the Irish Professional Photographers Association were stunned by the high standard of submissions during Round 1 of the awards programme on Monday 9th May but the highest accolade ever received by Priory Studios went to photographer Laura Leonard LIPPA in the open art and creativity category.

While Priory Studios have received many Gold Awards in the past this is the first time they have been awarded a Diamond and in photographic terms that’s not just a Rolls Royce, that is a Lear Jet.


The award winning photograph depicts model Kathleen Augusto (originally from Peru) and is reminiscent of a romantic 1940’s Casablanca scene. This modern take illustrates a scantily clad young lady in hotpants and fur stole draped across her shoulders, seated on an elegant chesterfield leather court chair. The focus is clearly on the model, who confidently wears her fringe across the eyes. One could be forgiven for suggesting the hair style is of a 1960’s Beatle esque era. However, the addition of the vintage background, cigar and smoke adds to the ambience and Hollywood feel of the photograph. You would almost expect her to be listening to “As Time Goes By”  being played on the grand piano.

The hair was styled by Stephen McCarron creative director at Aidan Fitzgerald Hair Salon in Blackrock, Co. Dublin who will represent Ireland at the World Hairdressing Championships later this year. Stephen previously won a silver medal for Ireland at the Mondial de la Coiffure in Paris. The Irish Hairdressers Federation will host the OMC European Cup 2011 at the RDS, Dublin on 29th and 30th May 2011. We wish all of the team at Aidan Fitzgerald Hair Salon continued success with their award winning hair creations.

Laura also received two Gold Awards in the Open Art & Creativity and Fashion Categories.

Neil McShane (aka Mononeil) - May 11, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Well done Laura. A wonderful image and a true Diamond. The first of many to come.

Jackson Hutchinson - May 11, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Well done Laura, Some fabulous images. A true talent !!

Darren Purcell - May 11, 2011 - 8:38 pm

It’s a beauty Laura, well deserved, well done!

Alison - May 12, 2011 - 11:39 am

Congrats Laura. I love the images they are gorgeous. My favourites have to be the ‘diamond’ winner above and the portrait/head shot. Would you consider doing some fashion/editorial work in the future?

Pierre - December 31, 2011 - 8:55 am

a very great portrait work. Congratulation

Happy Faces in Stillorgan by Laura Leonard.

Happy Faces in Stillorgan by Laura Leonard.

On 12th March 2011, Priory Studios participated in the annual IPPA, Happy Faces Day and are delighted to announce they raised over 1K for Cystic Fibrosis.

Photographers Laura Leonard & Dominic Lee from Priory Studios with Roisin O’Toole age 6 who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis who got her portrait taken for “IPPA Happy Faces Day in aid of Cystic Fibrosis” in Stillorgan Shopping Centre.  Photo by Fergal Phillips. The Irish Times.