TWiP #291: Image Use & Abuse


Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Ron Brinkmann, Sara France, Martin Bailey

Episode Overview

This week on TWiP, we ran into some technical issues with Google Hangouts so it was back to Skype. This week we discuss:

  • A judge rules Twitter images are off limits
  • Apple's nudity police yank the popular 500px app off the app store
  • And Google and Getty stick 5,000 royalty free images in your Google Drive … for free!
  • Plus an interview with sports photographers Matt Cohen and Ryu Voelkel of

Ron Brinkmann, Sara France, and Martin Bailey join Frederick Van Johnson to discuss these topics and much more on this week's episode of TWiP.

Interview with Matt Cohen and Ryu Voelkel

This week, Frederick sits down with photographers Matt Cohen and Ryu Voelkel from to dig into the ins and outs of sports photography.

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Intro Music by Scott Cannizzaro

Photo Credits: Google Drive


  1. One thing that was passed over completely in your discussion about copyright abuse is the fact that the owner of a copyright has the exclusive right to decide how and when that image may be used. It is not always about proper compensation.

    Finding some plan where abusers can use now and pay later ignores that right of the copyright owner. I may have images that I would never license to a certain magazine for whatever reasons, but that right is firmly stated in copyright law.

    Let’s not give up our rights to our images.

  2. Thanks for putting together this great show. Listening to the discussion on Apple and 500px, I kept waiting for the conversation to take another turn. If you’re in the arts, you’ll see nudity. It’s about that simple. There’s really nothing in 50opx that isn’t art – even by Jesse Helms’ standards. Should we really be horrified that our wives or husbands would notice a breast on our iPad while looking at this site? And if we wouldn’t want our daughters to see this breast on the iPad, would we also decline to take them to the Art Institute of Chicago or any other museum in the world? Whether the photograph is contemporary, the painting is 200 years old or the sculpture is 2,000 years old, there is nudity in art. It may even provide an opportunity to help put this sort of nudity in perspective for the kid. Whether 500px provides a search field for nudity is really secondary.

    I think that 500px is an absolutely inspirational site btw. It’s like going to a museum every time I look. Their management team is doing an amazing job bringing this to all of us.

    Twip is also a great show and always interesting. Thanks for all the work that goes into it.

  3. North Americans are so suppressed when it goes to nudity. Copyright talks should be saved for when Ed Greenberg and Jack Reznickigur are on the show.

  4. Shame that an accidental breast causes an app to be removed but the Apple morality system allows you to take hold of a high power weapon and shoot people at will, virtually.

  5. I was quite amazed to hear something like “500px should change”. Hello? I don’t even know how to express it. What’s wrong on showing nudity? And even if you think wrong, read a warning, and you, not apple, decide if you want to install it or not. And let’s not forget the elephant in the room: it was just an excuse to pull out the app. It was a show of force by Apple. One more reason to get an Android: even if google removes an app, you have the FREEDOM to install it.

  6. I’m not quite sure where you guy go to see nudes on 500px but since its free there is a bunch of crap on there. I have seen people having full on sex and very visual oral sex as well. I send links to the 500px team all the time to pull those images. If you think that the 500px app got pulled because of breast then you don’t go to 500px much. A couple years ago it was awesome, just are but now every tom dick and harry gets a free page then they get shut down after 7 complaints and they start a new page. One way to stop it is to stop having free accounts. There are even models who have pages and that never used to be.

    If you think its just breast then you need to get a clue…