ANDREW EBORN -RIGHTING WRONGS : SPANISH GOVT BEACH BODY CAMPAIGN USED & MANIPULATED MODEL IMAGES WITHOUT CONSENT

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ANDREW EBORN – RIGHTING WRONGS 

There are many injustices that do not get the media attention they deserve.

Andrew Eborn, International Lawyer & Broadcaster, is on a mission to right wrongs and shine a light on particular issues that battle often alone

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SPANISH GOVT BEACH BODY CAMPAIGN USED & MANIPULATED MODEL IMAGES WITHOUT CONSENT

It started as a mission of Body Positivity and turned into a PR disaster .

Spain’s Equality Ministry launched a creative summer campaign aiming to encourage women to go to the beach.

Spain’s Women’s Institute, a branch of the country’s Ministry of Equality, commissioned a poster featuring five women with different body types, ages & ethnicities.

Ione Belarra, the minister for social rights in Spain’s Socialist-led Podemos party pointed out “all bodies are beach bodies. All bodies are valid and we have the right to enjoy life as we are, without guilt or shame. Summer is for everyone!”

Empowering stuff… the trouble is it has now transpired that all necessary consents were not obtained either from the women featured or the photographers. Worst still some of the woman featured say that their images have been manipulated including one who says her prosthetic leg was replaced with a real leg.

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Ione Belarra, the minister for social rights in Spain’s Socialist-led Podemos party

British model, influencer and amputee Sian Green-Lord, says she only found out about the campaign when friends messaged her about it. The illustration on the far left bears a striking resemblance to a photo she shared on Instagram in May, though her prosthetic leg has been altered.

“I don’t know how to even explain the amount of anger that I’m feeling right now. There’s one thing using my image without my permission. But there’s another thing editing my body,” she said in a video posted to her Instagram stories.To view this content, you’ll need to update your privacy settings.Please click here to do so.

Nyome Nicholas-Williams, another British model, says the woman in the yellow bikini bears a striking resemblance to a photo she posted in May.

“Great idea but poor execution!” she posted on Instagram.

Andrew Eborn joined Nick Bright and cancer survivor Juliet FitzPatrick on Naga Munchetty’s show on Radio 5.

Andrew explained the legal position including the need to obtain permission from the owners of the copyright in the photographs and how it could be an infringement of moral rights to have edited the images.

Juliet FitzPatrick says that the woman who has had a mastectomy may have been based on her. What happened “seems to be totally against” the theme of the campaign, the 66-year-old from South East England told the BBC. “For me it is about how my body has been used and represented without my permission.”

Arte Mapache, has since tweeted a public apology for using the images

“After the justified controversy surrounding the image rights of the illustration, I have considered that the best way to alleviate the damage that may have arisen from my conduct is to distribute the benefits derived from this work in equal parts between the protagonists of the poster and buying the typography license” That fee is reported to be €4490.

Andrew Eborn explained that money was not the only issue. The distortion of the images as well as the hurt, anger and embarrassment need to be addressed. Andrew Eborn would like to help all involved find a positive solution & right the wrongs. … watch this space!

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ANDREW EBORN – RIGHTING WRONGS 

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Andrew believes that there are many injustices which do not get the media attention they deserve, or indeed desperately need the oxygen of publicity for their cause.  This is where Andrew hopes to help.  By focusing on the injustice and assisting to promote, Andrew is keen to give an initial helping hand in any way he can make possible.

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