Hi all,

After a member questioned our decision to remove a thread recently, we were asked to review the site rule. We have done so and have made a change to site rule 20. The rule now states

[20] Any photograph a member presents on Ausphotography, whether by uploading to the site or displayed directly within the site using the IMG tags must be taken by and copyright owned by the member. The only exception to this is when the member is the legal guardian of another person who is unable to join up and post on their own behalf. This exception will only be allowed under special circumstances after consulting a moderator or admin. Please write to a moderator stating your reason/s for wanting to post a photo that you do not own copyright to and the request will be evaluated promptly. Posting photos taken by others for any other reason than guardianship, is not permitted. Breaching copyright is a serious matter with legal implications and could result in an immediate and permanent ban from Ausphotography. Links directing members to other sites, where third-party owned item(s) are displayed, is allowed. If you are linking to a third party's Art (photo etc) for critique/review/opinion, under the Australian copyright act you must acknowledge the author and title of the work, in your post/thread.

The addition to this rule is :

The only exception to this is when the member is the legal guardian of another person who is unable to join up and post on their own behalf. This exception will only be allowed under special circumstances after consulting a moderator or admin. Please write to a moderator stating your reason/s for wanting to post a photo that you do not own copyright to and the request will be evaluated promptly.

This change allows for instances where say a person with a disability is interested in photography and their guardian can sign up and post on their behalf. It also allows members to post photos taken by their children.

However, in the case of children, we would assess the request based on the age of the child and any perceived benefit or otherwise that critique could provide. In some circumstances we would advise the member to post the photo into the 'not for critique' forum, or disallow the posting at all. It would have to be shown that posting the photo into the critique forums would be in any way beneficial to the child's photography. For example, a three year old is not likely to understand the concepts of shutter speed, depth of field etc and the post would be better off in 'not for critique', so members could offer some praise and encouragement to the 3 year old, rather than suggesting a bigger depth of field would have helped, or that applying a vignette in photoshop could make it look better.

You will need to gain permission from the admin/mod team before posting on behalf of someone that you are the legal guardian for.