In 2002 Prof. Katsuhiko Kondo (Hiroshima) asked Irmgard and me to produce the official video report on the ICPS World Conference in Tokyo, Japan. It has been a real pleasure for us, and of course a great honor, to realize our second ICPS-conference-video (after Y2K in San Francisco) for him. Now we decided to upload that film (only a little shortened) in several 10-minutes parts to YouTube, and invite everybody who is interested in that great CP-event, to view it gratis now.
Thanks for your kind comments. Here is the second part:
providing lectures by Dr. Charles Clarke on food webs in Nepenthes pitchers and by Prof. Dr. Mitsuyasu Hasebe on "The phylogeny of sundews, Drosera (Droseraceae) based on chloroplast rbcL and nuclear l8S ribosomal DNA sequences". This lecture has been stronger shortened to be "digestable" also for CP-laymen. For experts we recommend to read the printed proceedings of the conference.
The very informative and recommended lecture on "Observations on the associations of crustaceans and protists with actively growing Aldrovanda vesiculosa" held by Dr. Douglas W. Darnowski - which would follow now - has already been uploaded to YouTube. To avoid a double upload, please refer to our film "Aldovanda in Switzerland" .
Meanwhile all 16 parts of the ICPS World Conference in Tokyo 2002 have been uploaded and we provide an index with short descriptions of all single lectures on our website. Without any doubt there are some outstanding lectures like Prof. Daniel M. Joel's amazing comparison of similarities in carnivorous and parasitic plants, or Ch'ien Lee's slide show on Nepenthes in Sarawk, and Andreas Wistuba's report on Heliamphora. Just to mention three examples, there is much more to be recommended.
2010 just started and some of you may be interested in some statistics on our YouTube channel: meanwhile 49 films have been uploaded since March 09 and received until the end of December 09 39'000 clicks. Most successful with 4015 clicks became our footage on the rapid tentacle movement of Drosera glanduligera . On the second place is our report on tissue-culture at Borneo Exotics with 3222 clicks until today . We are actually happy with these results and more films will follow. Thanks a lot for your interest and a successful year 2010 to all visitors of our channel.
today I read an incredible accusation by "sweetpea" to violate copyright rules with our official video on the ICPS conference in Tokyo 2002:
sweetpea wrote: BTW, Shibata-sensei has been my teacher, a good friend of mine and my colleague for 36years. In March this year, I noticed that you up-loaded her video on youtube. (in Shibata-sensei has been very very surprised about it. Neither Dr.Kondo nor you informed her that you upload her video on youtube. Neither Shibata-sensei nor I are familiar with copyright rule of youtube. Also we are not familiar with copyright rule in Germany..
As mentioned above I have been invited to the ICPS conference 2002 to hold a lecture on Australian CP and the chairman of the Organization Committee Prof. Dr. Katsuhiko Kondo assigned Irmgard and me to film the lectures of the conference and to produce an official DVD on the event (including the copyright for that DVD), to share the event with world wide CP-enthusiasts.
After 8 years Irmgard and I decided to provide the film gratis for everybody on our YouTube channel and announced this here on the ICPS forum. As we have the copyright for the DVD it is neither usual nor necessary by law to ask again for permission as the film has been public since 2002.
Regarding the copyright rules Irmgard and I did always everything to be absolutely correct, but due to sweetpea's incredible accusation from yesterday I am highly interested to clear this point at this forum publicly. So 8 years after the conference video has been produced in accordance to copyright laws (and all participants knew about it), I use this forum to ask every person who held a lecture at that conference to tell me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or at this thread publicly in case he does not agree to see his lecture included to the conference movie on YouTubeand I will immediately delete it.
Meanwhile I also sent a letter to Prof. Chiaki Shibata to clear if she still agrees to show her lecture or not. I also set the film on YouTube immediately to "private", therefore the above link provides temporally no more access to the film until I received her confirmation. Unfortunately I have no email address therefore I had to use(snail-) airmail.
I would be very grateful if anybody knows and tells me by email (!) the new private email address of Prof. Kondo, who meanwhile retired, therefore I cannot reach him at Hiroshima University anymore. Also if you know the email address of Prof. Chiaki Shibata I would be grateful to get it, to inform her as soon as possible.
I am convinced that sweetpea's accusation have simply personal reasons because he dislikes my comments at the Byblis thread at this forum, however, I am highly interested to keep our YouTube channel strictly "clean" from any copyright violations and will defend this with all possible judicial measures.
Siggi, I as understand it, YouTube's servers are in the US, so US copyright law applies when you upload files there. I don't think you have broken any copyright law. In the US, copyright lies with the producer of the work. Since you filmed it, that would be you. No one else can claim a copyright violation.
I hope it is all cleared up quickly, though, with no hard feelings. I enjoyed watching those videos as I'm sure many others did.
FYI, I was a speaker at the 2002 ICPS conference, and part of my talk is on Siggi's tape. He was the official video recorder, and suggesting that he has done something wrong is nonsense. For crying out loud, he helps promote cps and cp events, and noone gets rich off of cps any way. If anyone is upset about his video, they should move on to something more sensible and productive. He hasn't violated any copyright. And he filmed in a very obvious way--anyone with questions should have asked 8 years ago. Doug Darnowski
After waiting for some weeks - to enable everybody to whom it concerns to reply - until today neither Prof. Shibata (informed immediately separately by airmail letter) nor any other speaker who gave a lecture at the ICPS conference in Tokyo, nor anybody of the Japanese Organization Committee 2002 raised any protest against the appearance of any of the lectures on our official DVD and/or our upload to YouTube. Happily just contrary! An additional talk with our attorney (HUNTING VEGGIES® is a private owned registered trademark since 2000) confirmed generally speaking the above posted opinion by KITKOR, and acknowledged additional that our private correspondence with Prof. Kondo (airmail and email) is a clear evidence that we produced the film by order of the chairman of the Organization Committee in Tokyo, and that we filmed and edited the complete footage legally allowed and (without any third party claim) personally with our own private equipment.
To be accused for copyright violation is without any doubt severe and a resulting penalty can be really expensive or cause an operating ban i.e. on YouTube, therefore Irmgard and I decided to clear this outrageous incrimination open and publicly. Considering that also all lectures of the 2010 ICPS conference in Leiden (NL), and some years ago also the lectures from the EEE in Leiden have been video recorded by members of the Dutch CPS CARNIVORA, to provide them on DVD for CP-enthusiasts (well done!), we face the same situation as in Tokyo: all speakers knew that their lectures have been video recorded and were happy with that. I assume that this discussion is therefore also of interest for ICPS vice president and Vorzitter (chairman) of CARNIVORA, Marcel van den Broek. I wonder what he would say if eight years after the Leiden conference one of the speakers would come along with the charge that the conference DVD violates his copyright for photos or videos shown during his lecture ...
We are very grateful for Doug Darnowski’s post (see above), that he as former ICPS president and also speaker at the Tokyo conference confirms that the event has officially been video recorded by Irmgard and myself. If any of the speakers would have mentioned 8 years ago that he dislikes to find his lecture on our film, we would certainly not have shown it! However, there is no doubt anymore that we actually own the copyright and that the whole DVD and the excerpts uploaded to our YouTube channel are definitely legal.
For that reason we switched the discussed and temporarily inaccessible footage yesterday back to “public”, so it is now again visible for everybody:
Fortunately our YouTube channel “shartmeyer”, providing HUNTING VEGGIES® CP-videos, developed very nicely with meanwhile 98 subscribers and has been visited more than 100’000 times. Our uploaded report on the annual Drosera (excerpt from our DVD “Snap-tentacles and runway lights”) awarded in August a second prize in the ChloroFilms contest, a competition for plant biology videos arranged mainly by Pennsylvania State University (USA) and YouTube. So no matter if one likes our films or not, these facts proof that our CP-work and label has actually a good reputation. For that reason particular persons should seriously keep in mind what our attorney told us: launching rumours of copyright violations without clear evidence is actually an “unproven trade and/or reputation damaging statement”. Like true copyright violations would be, that is also a criminal offense chargeable with serious penalties.
thanks a lot for your really helpful hint to hang a sign outside the door when filming public events and to film also that sign. That is indeed a really good way to ensure that everybody inside the room knows about the recording and to have an evidence. Irmgard and I will certainly do that from now on when we will be filming any future events, thanks again. In addition we are meanwhile always making a short written treaty with the responsible person(s) to clear the copyright without any doubt.