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Copyright & Permission

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When it comes to Copyright & Permission, follow these great tips below to keep yourself out of trouble!

Even though the internet has made more videos and images accessible, copyright and trademark laws still apply to anyone publishing online, such as websites or blogs. Websites are very common for infringement lawsuits. Take a look at some tips below to help you avoid legal action!

  1. Always Assume the Work is Protected

Just because someone has posted their photo or video on the Internet, you cannot use it freely. Whether you find the material online or offline, permission is needed to reproduce anything like text, artwork, photos, and music. Using any original work is protected by copyright law, which means that you cannot reproduction it without permission from the owner. Giving credit or thanks to the copyright owner does not change that; you are not allowed to use the material without the owner’s authorization. Also, reproduction someone’s copyrighted work or trademark without permission is known as infringement. Lawsuits are even more likely if you are making money off the use, such as posting copyrighted photos or song lyrics on your site to increase traffic or attract advertisers.

  1. Read Any Agreements

Many sites online offer artwork, photos, and other materials for reuse, sometimes called clip art, or royalty free work, copyright free work, shareware or freeware. Do not assume that you can freely use these materials however you want. Many of these files are delivered with terms and conditions, so make sure the your intended use is permitted.

  1. If your not sure, Ask Permission

Copyright laws apply to material no matter who provided it. Getting permission from the copyright owner is the best way to avoid a lawsuit. Written consent is the best way to make sure you have permission on file, and it will be easier to prove if a dispute arises.

  1. Know definitions of Links, Frames, and Inlining

Linking, framing, and inlining are common ways of connecting to information on other websites, and all of these things can get you into trouble. Here are the definitions and what to watch out for:

Linking – including links out to another website on your website is usually risk free. Links to infringing materials however, may be dangerous.

Framing – this is the process of dividing a webpage into separate framed regions and displaying any materials that belong to someone else within that frame. This is a copyright infringement.

Inlining – sometimes referred to as mirroring, involves using a graphic file from one website onto another website.

  1. Remove any Material that is Unauthorized and Use Disclaimers when Appropriate

If someone reaches out and complains that you are using copyright material without authorization, you should immediately remove it. A disclaimer is a statement denying an endorsement of or affiliation with another website or company. A disclaimer is not a cure-all for infringement, but if it is posted, in the even of a lawsuit it will be taken into consideration.

Following these great tips will keep you out of hot water!

45 years_TRPA

TPH Production Team shoots TRPA 45th Anniversary!

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More than a hundred years ago, conservationists voiced concern about the impacts of tourism, ranching, and logging on the Lake Tahoe environment. Their idea to make Lake Tahoe a national forest or national park didn’t gain wide support in Washington D.C., primarily because much of the land in the Basin was already privately owned and had been developed or logged. Even then, many thought it was too late to preserve Lake Tahoe.

But conservationists continued lobbying for environmental protection as logging and ranching waned, ski resorts expanded, and Stateline casinos went high-rise.

The debate came to a climax in the late 1960s after two decades of rapid growth. Plans called for a city the size of San Francisco in the Tahoe Basin with freeways ringing the Lake. Outrage sparked action and the governors and lawmakers in California and Nevada approved a bi-state compact that created a regional planning agency to oversee development at Lake Tahoe. In 1969, the United States Congress ratified the agreement and created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The Compact, as revised in 1980, gave TRPA authority to adopt environmental quality standards, called thresholds, and to enforce ordinances designed to achieve the thresholds. The TRPA Governing Board adopted the thresholds in 1982.

The Governing Board adopted a long-range regional plan in April of 1984. The same day, two parties filed suit in federal court claiming they were not convinced the plan would adequately protect the Lake Tahoe environment. The judge effectively ordered a moratorium on new building at Lake Tahoe. The Executive Director of TRPA then called together a consensus group to hammer out another regional plan. After three years of negotiations, the lawsuit was settled and the TRPA Governing Board adopted the 1987 Regional Plan.

TRPA was the first bi-state regional environmental planning agency in the country. The survival of TRPA, despite ongoing controversy over the last 40 years, is a tribute to those who had the vision and the courage to try something that had never been tried before. Preservation of the environment is a cause that is now widely supported by both residents and visitors to the Lake Tahoe Region.

In 2009, TRPA marked its 40th anniversary. The occasion came during a period of great change as well as opportunity at Lake Tahoe—change in the Region’s environment, economy, demographics, and communities.

The Tahoe Region finds itself at a pivotal point in its history where failure to act and to act decisively may result in loss of the Lake’s pristine environment and its famed clarity and the consequent demise of the nearly $5 billion economy that the Lake supports.

Those organizations which do not transform themselves to be successful during these changing times will languish and may not ultimately survive. In recognition of these trends as well as business practices that are no longer serving the Agency, its mission, or the Region well, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has evolved over the last few years to adapt to the growing challenges and to better serve its mission. Because Lake Tahoe is a national and international treasure, TRPA’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission of environmental protection consistent with effective land use planning and orderly growth and development is of the utmost importance.

TRPA is uniquely positioned at Lake Tahoe to make significant environmental improvements with good land use planning. The Agency along with input from the community and state, federal, and local governments updated the Regional Plan which was adopted on December 12, 2012. The theme of the plan – Restoring Lake Tahoe and Supporting Sustainable Communities – speaks to the intrinsically linked goals of improving lake clarity while improving the quality of life for all who live and visit the Tahoe Basin.


Recently, the TPH Crew got to be at the 45th Anniversary of the TRPA’s story. It was an exciting day, and much was celebrated. Take a look below at the high light reel to see what it was all about!

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Martin’s Audio Blah-Blah #4

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The Room

So often in the pursuit of good audio recording we talk about gear. Microphones, preamps, EQ, converters and so on and so forth.  I am a self admitted gear nut. Neumann mics and API consoles make me giddy as a school girl.  And I feel a pride of ownership with certain pieces of equipment and instruments because there is history and legacy there that I try to live up to.  But there is one crucial element to the recording chain that you can’t screw into a rack or wire into a patch bay and it doesn’t require electricity (unless you need the lights on).  Yes, you guessed it, I’m talking about the recording room.

All the best gear you could wish for can only capture the sound of the source in the room.  Crappy sounding source in a crappy sounding room is gonna sound crappy even through a $5000 mic.  However, to offer a contrast, a great sounding source in a great sounding room can sound amazing through a far less expensive mic.  Which indicates the importance of your recording space.  “But I live where I live, I can’t do anything about that.”  Well, you may not be able to custom build a new studio for yourself but there are things you can do to improve how your room sounds.

Here’s an example.  At TPH we have a large room that functions as a multi-purpose space for both video and audio.  Because it wasn’t built specifically for audio, we have to get creative in the way we set up a recording environment. The approach to this is, of course, different depending on what we are recording. At TPH we record a lot of acoustic music from solos to full bands and although we’ve gotten great results, I am always looking for ways to improve things.  It occurred to me that some gobos could really help, so we built some (see pics).


We made these from cheap IKEA bookshelves, Owens Corning insulation and stretch fabric.  Four of them cost us about $500.

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And the next time I recorded acoustic guitar, I set them up as back and side absorbers letting the Mics pickup up a little natural room and BAM!  They worked like a charm. The most noticeable thing was it was really fast to get a good recording. The sound was more focused but still open. And phase issues when miking in stereo were much easier to overcome because the gobos were effectively absorbing the frequencies that can cancel out and leave “holes” in your sound.  Build yourself some gobos, or better yet, come to TPH and use ours.
Next project – roll away wooden floors!

Martin Shears, Audio Engineer TPH