Visual China: Not directly connected to the European Southern Observatory, which is not necessary

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 Visual China: Not directly connected to the European Southern Observatory, which is not necessary


Visual China claims that the copyright of black holes continues to ferment. On April 12, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) told the media that the copyright claim of Visual China was illegal and that ESO had never and could not transfer the copyright of their pictures to other individuals or organizations. Visual China has never contacted the European Southern Observatory for black hole pictures. Visual China responded that it did not directly contact the European Southern Observatory. It was authorized by AFP to use the editorial category. Not every photo needed to be directly contacted the author. I cant collect every photo by myself. This is our normal operation.

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The European Southern Observatory responded every time: Visual China has never contacted us, nor has it the right to sell black hole copyright for profit.

Visual China has been pushed to the forefront of public opinion this time. After the release of the first black hole photo in the world, Visual China listed this picture as an editorial picture copyrighted, saying that this picture is an edited picture, if it is used for commercial purposes, please call 400-818-2525 or consult a customer service representative. However, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) solely responds to every claim that this copyright claim of Visual China is illegal. ESO has never, nor can it transfer the copyright of their pictures to any other person or organization, and Visual China has never contacted ESO about black hole pictures.

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Shortly after the release of the first black hole photo on Tuesday evening, April 9, Beijing Time, Visual China listed the photo as an edited image copyrighted, saying, This picture is an edited image. For commercial purposes, please call 400-818-2525 or consult a customer service representative.

Visual China even claims copyright to the black hole image. In other words, if Visual China takes the copyright of the picture and the media or individuals do not use the picture in China through Visual China channel, they may be regarded as infringement by Visual China, or even be held liable for commercial use.

Although Visual China subsequently changed the picture description to This picture is editorial, not for commercial use and labeled the source as the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the incident promptly triggered heated public debate, many people questioned that Visual China listed a publicly released photo as its own copyright, if necessary. Whether it is reasonable and legal to pay the fee to Visual China for its use.

So, is it legal for Visual China to regard ESOs authorization as its copyright to sell this picture in China? Has Visual China ever contacted ESO for copyright transfer? Is ESO aware of this?

In response to the interview request of Daily Economic News, ESO made it clear that this copyright claim of Visual China is illegal. ESO has never, nor can it transfer the copyright of their pictures to any other person or organization. Visual China has never contacted ESO about black hole pictures. At least so far, no person claiming to be the representative of Visual China has contacted ESO.

Source: New Beijing Daily Responsible Editor: Yao Liwei_NT6056