Amber Burn Media Policy
Amber Burn is a private event held on a voluntary basis and coordinated by the community association “Lithuania Burners” bendruomenė (LBB).
Community members are willing to express themselves in all creative and bizarre ways, following their hearts and fantasies at Amber Burn. Some of us seek a safe place to be, act, and look somehow different from our everyday and official lives. Therefore, everyone participating in Amber Burn should respect each other’s privacy and not take or publicize the visual materials of the participants without their prior consent.
Moreover, Amber Burn is a regional Burning Man event that follows the 10 principles of Burning Man, including Decommodification, meaning no commercial use of visual materials or names of Amber Burn or Burning Man is allowed.
All publicity for the Amber Burn should be coordinated with the LBB and executed with a written agreement from the LBB.
All that being said, you have a right to express yourself and create art as a photographer, videographer, and/or audio artist. Therefore, we ask you to keep in mind the following requirements for the usage of all and any audio-visual materials taken at the Amber Burn event.
The Consent Rule
- Please ask people in your frame if they consent to being taken in your photo or video.
- Please keep in mind that people have the right to change their minds at any time after consent has been given.
- Before publishing visuals on your personal social media sites or elsewhere for your personal use, please be super cautious and use your common sense with visuals that are bizarre and may compromise the people in your frame if shown to the public. In such a case, if you want to use the visuals, please make sure that consent is still valid outside of Amber Burn.
After Consent is provided, Amber Burn participants are welcome to use photos, videos, and audio recordings obtained at the event for their personal use, which includes:
Sharing with your friends and personal social media networks.
Displaying on personal websites—as long as the websites do not sell any products or services, do not pretend or appear to be an official Burning Man or Amber Burn website, and the Good Practice of respecting the author’s rights is followed.
Sharing and posting are permitted when you have consent and as long as the posts aren’t commercial in any manner and the accounts aren’t used for purposeful promotion. You may not directly monetize any media through paywalls or advertisements.
Non-personal use includes (and is prohibited without EYE PASS permission and a LBB written contract)
Publishing photos in a printed or online book, magazine, or newspaper
Using footage in a professional-quality video
Displaying images on a non-personal website or in a gallery show
Using imagery in a documentary or TV show
Distributing media to any third-party group or publication. This includes offering photos for publication, or making any commercial or promotional use of event media
Otherwise, using it for financial gain, OR being widely distributed beyond your personal network of friends and family
EYE PASS permission
If you wish to use visuals for non-personal purposes, you are required to:
- Apply for EYE PASS permission prior to an Amber Burn event.
- Sign the EYE PASS contract when permission is granted.
- Wear the EYE PASS permission sign during the event and follow the Consent Rule.
- Mind that under the EYE PASS contract, all visuals done by you are co-owned by LBB.
- Coordinate the intended Non-personal usage of the visuals with LBB.
- Sign a written contract with LBB establishing Non-personal usage terms and conditions.
In case you have NO EYE PASS permission and/or take photos or videos on your personal mobile phone or camera, the same rules apply:
The consent of people is required (as per the Consent Rule above).
Non-personal use is prohibited unless coordinated with LBB as per a legally binding contract in advance.
Intellectual property requirements are met.
Intellectual property requirements
The Amber Burn symbol, name, and designs are protected by trademark and/or copyright laws. In keeping with the principle of Decommodification, these trademarks and copyrights may not be used for any commercial or third-party purposes without LBB’s written consent.
The same goes with the Burning Man symbol, the phrases “Burning Man” and “Black Rock City,” and the design of the Burning Man (aka “the Man”). These are protected by trademark and/or copyright law and should not be used in association with Amber Burn for any commercial or third-party purposes without the Burning Man Project’s written consent.
The artworks placed on the Amber Burn site are copyrighted creations. There are authors of the artwork who have their moral right to be indicated as the authors, as well as their copyright to control the exploitation of their artwork (including images thereof), especially for commercial purposes.
Every photo and video taken is a copyrighted work per se. There is always a photographer who made it and has the moral right to be known as the author of the visual material as well as the copyright to control its usage, especially for commercial purposes.
Good Practice Examples
When uploading and re-posting images, please indicate the author of the picture. This will save the photographer’s moral right to be known as the author.
When your photo or video shows an artwork, please indicate the name of the art project and the author (or team) who created it.
When you are an Amber Burn community member and organize your own event of creativity, please do not use the phrase “Amber Burn” in your promotional materials.
When you have taken a bunch of beautiful photos at Amber Burn and want to display them in a gallery, paper, or digital album, consult LBB first. In doing so, please follow this Media Policy’s recommendations and requirements, minding people’s privacy, the Intellectual property, and Decommodificate.