Upload & Sell: Off
| p.3 #5 · Client admits she's going to copy prints |
Daniel Smith wrote:
Why sell to an admitted thief?
At least she's honest about it, if you are selling to the general population, today; more than half the people out there think this way. Most are just going to do it behind the photographer's back (rather than admit it up front like that). If I had to choose, I'd rather deal with a thief who admits it rather than one who is going to do it behind my back (without my knowledge). At least I'd know to watch that person and their actions very carefully; and to watch for signs of misdirection or trickery.
This is just the world we live in today, and a business model had better take that into account if the business is to last.
Photographers in general have a negative view of this, esp. working pros whose bottom line is hurt due to the practice. But let's not forget the most common pirated software in the world is often cited as Adobe Photoshop, a product for photographers. Not a video game, an operating system, office productivity software, etc., but a photo manipulation tool.
I don't think there's a right answer in this particular case, but there is a lesson here for those that don't already know it (most do).