Copyright in UK and Greece

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The following story took place on 16 June 2016 on my way back from work. The reason I tell it here, quite some time after it happened, is because I was fascinated by the attitude of certain media.

I was at Paddington station waiting for a train home, when the station was evacuated because of a derailed train just outside the station.

I stood on the platform talking with the driver of the train I wanted to board, about how trains operate, the train system in UK, Crossrail, their shifts and problems. I always like a nice chat about a subject I am not aware of, and I also believed that the derailed train issue would be solved imminently and I would go home as normal. However, this didn’t happen and although the chat I had with the driver was one that I will always remember, I had to take the tube. Once I boarded the tube and left Paddington, I posted the following on Twitter:

This is picture of the derailed train just outside Paddington station.

What amazed me, were the responses of the Mirror and GetReading.co.uk

They have asked me for permission to use the picture I’ve taken, and only after I granted, they published it in their stories.

I know that most of the readers will find this normal. In Greece however (where I come from) intellectual property rights is a subject which only a very little number of people are aware of. In Greece, most of the artistic work is – simply put – stolen. The vast majority of the music played on the radio is mostly a rework from musicians and composers that passed away years ago. At the time they lived, there were no laws. No copyright. Most of them were working on 2 or 3 jobs to survive, yet their songs / paintings / sculptures are in my mind, pure miracles. As a result their songs are now free to remaster / edit and present again in an album or played on the radio. The people that had the original idea (or their families) can do nothing about it.

Same story about images / pictures taken from people or professional photographers even. Same story about people writing stories on their blogs about facts and they see them republished in major Greek media websites with no quotation or anything.

I do not want to make any comparisons about UK and Greece in copyright. What I would like you to take away from this story however, is the simple 18 word long message that Jennie Slevin from GetReading.co.uk left on my tweet which shows the respect about other people’s intellectual property. This is the right thing to do and everyone who behaves like this has my deep appreciation and respect.

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