May 2, 2005

Shutters down on Nikon

Nikon’s decision to encrypt photographs created with its digital cameras calls into question the ownership of the “digital negative”, says the creator of the Photoshop image editing software.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Written By Seamus Byrne
May 3, 2005
(Editor’s Note: It’s already May 3rd in Australia)

“Copyrighted information inside the file belongs to the photographer, not Nikon, but Nikon apparently thinks they own the information,” Thomas Knoll wrote in Adobe’s online forum. (Free Registration required)

Adobe Systems, which bought Macromedia last month, discovered while updating its Photoshop software that Nikon encrypted the white balance data of its raw format picture files in its latest professional digital cameras.

Australian professional photographer Adam Watson says the copyright of any product created with a piece of software or hardware should rest with the creator and not the manufacturer.

“Anything that you can manipulate in (a) camera should be entirely yours to do with as you please,” Watson says.

“This sounds very restrictive and very much against the photographer.”

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