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| p.1 #1 · Photo Use Infringment ... ?? copywrite copyright |
A couple months ago someone requested to use a photo of mine from my Flickr account in a non-profit publication. They made the request via Flickr email, which I didn't notice until yesterday.
I went to review the source for the request, only to find out they had already used the image.
As you can see from the photo credit, it clearly came from my flickr account (Rusty Bug), but I had never given permission ... and my account is "All Rights Reserved".
As it is, this would be my first 'tear sheet' from a publication, so I have mixed feelings about it. However, having a tear sheet with a photo credit of my Flickr account username is of little value professionally speaking.
It's not that great of a photo, but it is one that very few people ever get to shoot. I travelled very far (on different business), drove & hiked long and waited very long to get that shot with the limited gear I had with me (2008). It literally was a 20 hour effort that day & night ... an experience, I'll never forget.
Btw, it's not so easy searching a beach in PITCH BLACK (no moon) till 2 AM to find a nesting leatherback turtle. Actually, you find one coming ashore ... then go far enough away (40-50 yards) that she doesn't turn around and go back to sea (first one did) ... and wait for over an hour ... checking progress at 20-30 minute intervals without scaring her off.
Of course, you can't see her because it's so dark and she is too. You have to move VERY SLOWLY to approach or you'll startle her and off she'll go without finishing the nesting process ... not good for conservation.
It would cost me thousands to replicate that shot due to the travel costs alone.
So ... what now ??
Edited on Jun 03, 2010 at 09:11 PM · View previous versions