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December 31, 1977 STORM-TRACK Vol. 1, No. 1

December 31, 1977 STORM-TRACK Vol. 1, No. 1
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I. COMMENTARY [by David Hoadley]
One of my long standing concerns has been that storm-chasers may eventually draw too much
publicity, and chasing will become another mass cult of the leisure class, much as scuba-
diving or hang-gliding. Should this happen, we might find ourselves in some future year
impatiently waiting in line at an NWS or FAA station for a turn to look at the data
essential to our daily forecast. If the numbers of such people increase significantly,
Federal regulations may be passed limiting data access to licensed pilots, etc. For this
reason, I have shunned publicity. I enjoy chasing too much to risk losing it for a brief
moment of notoriety. What’s your opinion?

In the area of public relations, I usually make a special effort to be courteous and patient
at each NWS/FAA station, when seeking forecast data. I always defer
to pilots coming in for a briefing and make a special effort to keep out from underfoot. I
take time to be sociable, show prints of past storms, and -occasionally- leave some behind.
I am usually in a hurry for information but try not to let it, show. This makes my next
visit easier, and perhaps yours too. We need to keep this part of our public always
friendly. They and their services are critical to a good forecast and -ultimately- great

pictures. – Hoadley
Dave Hoadley
3415 Glade Court
Chase country – rangeTexas to Dakotas, Colorado to Indiana

Falls Church, Va. 22042

(Biography: Age 39, married/ one 4 year old daughter; Employer
Environmental Protection Agency. Began chasing in North Dakota in
1956; lived in Washington, D.C. suburbs since 1965.)

IV. CAMERA TIPS [by David Hoadley]
When making slide duplicates and copying high contrast slides, try placing a water color
tinted opaque glass or colored filter material between the floodlight and the copier’s
opaque glass next to the slide being copied. Filter out the light reaching the lightest part
of the slide and apply the thru-the-lens meter reading to take that copy-picture. Instead of
“dodging” the print on an enlarger easel, you are “dodging” a slide. I can sometimes improve
an original slide in this manner, drawing out cloud detail otherwise over-exposed and
maintaining scenic ground detail with a bright sky.

FUNNEL FUNNIES: No trouble at all…be on your way in an hour

— Contributed by Randy Zipser

VI. FEATURE – Copyright [by David Hoadley]
The procedure for copyright registration of unpublished prints, including original slides or
prints from which these are made, is very easy. One single page Government Form VA, (Form J
before January 1, 1978) must be completed and submitted, with one or more prints and $10.00
($6.00 with Form J) to the Register of Copyrights, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.,
20559. They prefer to receive 8″ X 10″ prints but will accept 5″ X 7″ and 9″ X 12″. A single
print can be made of several slides (“contact prints”), and each individual picture trill be
copyrighted when the print is registered. I initially copyrighted 56 prints (one picture per
print) as an “unpublished collection,” all for $6.00. In my case, I used the title: “Hoadley
Storm and Cloud Pictures (#l thru #56).” This way, I can use the same title and add later
pictures by simply modifying the number in the title.

Under the new law, effective January 1, 1978, any new photography or existing photography
that has not yet been published or “gone into the public domain”- is automatically covered
by general copyright protection. The latter becomes effective at the moment of creation and
protects you between the time the picture is taken and when it is registered. If you
register at any time after an “infringement,” you can then sue for actual damages.
Registration is a pre-requisite to legal action. However, if you had registered your
unpublished picture/collection prior to the infringement, you could sue for statutory
damages and attorney’s fees. Therefore, while not a pre-condition to copyright, registering
the unpublished work is recommended by the Copyright Office.

You may use the copyright notice (example: (c) 1978 David Hoadley) on the borders of slides
or prints prior to registration, as when sending it to a publisher. This puts him on notice
that you either already are registered or that you intend to follow-up the publication with
registration of your photography in the publication. The date indicates when it was (or will
be) registered and secures international copyright coverage in those countries that are
parties to the Universal Copyright Convention. The notice can be hand written or rubber

The copyright notice should appear on all published copies but “omission or errors will not
immediately result in forfeiture of the copyright” and can be corrected within five years
(under the new law). – – – Provision is made for inadvertent publication of a picture
without s copyright attribution. If a publisher can validly claim no prior knowledge of an
author’s copyright, he may be protected from subsequent claim. Consequently, if you release
any photography prior to registration, be sure that you have a clear understanding from the
user -preferably in writing- as to his or her intended use, – – – Prior to January 1, 1978,
publication of a picture not previously copyrighted may have voided any further claim you
can make on copyrighting it. – – – “A public … display of a work does not of itself
constitute publication.” “To … display ‘publicly’ means- … at a place open to the public
or … a substantial number of persons outside of … a family and its social acquaintances
…” PL 94-553), October 19, 1976. Acceptance of your registration by the Copyright Office
does not preclude existence in their files of another copyright for the same picture. They
do not check pour application against, all other storm pictures. They are only an office of
record. Apparently, if duplication existed, it would only become known after legal action
had been initiated. – – – If several of you chase together and take simultaneous pictures of
the same storm, each picture will still be accepted for copyright. The principal of
authorship is the significant point, not the subject. Copyright forms may be secured free of
charge from the Information and Publication Section, Copyright Office: Circulars- 1-General
Information on Copyright; 2 Publications of the Copyright Office; R22 How to Investigate the
Copyright Status of a Work; 40 Copyright for Pictorial, Graphic, and Sculptural Works; 49
Copyright for Audiovisual Material; and R99 Highlights of the New Copyright Law. – Hoadley

Well, that’s all for now. Those interested in continuing this newsletter, please send $1.80
for a one year subscription (1st issue about January 31, 1978). Please send your comments
and contributions, especially if you have any feature article suggestions, information,
experiences, or helpful tips to share with other chasers. I’d like to hear from you. Do you
know any other storm chasers? Please pass a copy of this newsletter along to them or send me
their name and mailing address. As finances permit, I’ll send them additional copies of this
introductory edition.

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