I was working on a photography project and finishing up some work for the day. In the corner of my screen I was occasionally scanning message alerts which would pop up when I have twitter turned on through my instant messenger program.
I saw this message from Scott Beale a twitter contact:
So for some reason this guy thinks it’s ok to just upload other people’s photos to his Flickr account: http://twurl.nl/ynwsr7
Sure enough, Amit Agarwal a “well known professional blogger and personal technology columnist for national newspapers” had stolen my photograph of Seth Godin as seen below. He did not simply embed the photo on his blog, he re-uploaded my photograph, and then marked the photo as Creative Commons (CC) which means that he is allowing others to use, share and re-mix a photograph which HE does not have rights to.
*Update* If you want to check his flickr account to see if your photo has been stolen, click here.
hey, look, one of my shots stolen! http://tinyurl.com/38gfsp let’s tell the guy he’s a douchebag! (to which many people did!)
If you are looking for photos to blog or use for a project, you must look at the Copyright status of the photo. If the photo is marked as © All Rights Reserved on the right under the “additional information” section, then you must contact the photographer to ask permission, or see if there are any notes on the photo about usage.
Now for the ironic part!
I went started poking around Amit Agarwal’s flickr account and then goggled to find his blog.
Here is what I found:
- this flickr image of Amit’s warns others to not steal his content. (not sure if I should embed it on MY blog, would that be a double standard, or triple standard?)
- Argawal blogging in 2005 on About.com ripping off an article of his.
- I love this one, yet another article on “Dealing w/ Website Plagiarism: When Somone Copies Your Blog Content“once again from Amit Agarwal.
- An article here on how Corbis is letting bloggers use their images. (so why steal from Flickr Photographers?)
- Dealing with blogger.com and how to Write a formal complaint to get blogspot content removed.
- This blog post talks about 1) Cease and Desist Letter and
2) Contacting the Web Company.
- Still no luck, how about a form letter for a DMCA notice of Copyright Infringement?
I do believe that with all the articles this “Professional Blogger” has written on the subject of copyright infringement, that what he did was no “honest mistake”…. I will give him credit for promptly removing the photos from flickr and also providing photo credit on the flickr pages as a referance. While I don’t expect everyone to be as educated on photography as a professional photographer, one should expect a professional writer (who has written on THIS subject matter several time) to at least be able to follow his own rules. Is this a fair standard?
This is NOT the first time that someone has ripped of Lane, Scott, or my photos, howver I’m going to start featuring some more of these people. If you are not an Internet junkie then you may have missed some of the previous Ripoff’s from my fellow photographers.
More reading – Here are a few blog posts from previous infringements.
Why Lane Hartwell Popped the ‘Bubble’ Video @ Wired.com
SF Examiner Uses Photo without Permission or Attribution @ LaughingSquid.com
I will be featuring a few other infringerd in the next week. Stay tuned to see what other “Professional Bloggers” are dropping down a run on the ladder by ripping off photos. I will also give you some TIPS for contacting photographers and turning photographers form “Photo Usage Nazi’s” into your friends.
Believe me, we can play nice, just remember that it is a a 2 way street. I have to go now to pick up some blank DVD media so I get these NetFlix movies copied and then posted to eBay and craigslist.
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