Discussion in 'Photography discussion' started by AB22 Easy Tiger, Mar 18, 2011.
Good on them, I say.
If someone took one of my images and used it, without consent, for financial gain then I'd be expecting some kind of compensation.
Just as a devil's advocat - that particular picture (type) would be widely available. It's a fairly common picture of the most well known man in the world (probably). If it was a more unusual or hard to obtain picture then I'd agree. But not that particular picture.
It was still the work of an individual/organisation which holds the rights to the image. Just because it's easy to obtain a copy of the picture doesn't mean you should legally be able to make money from it. Beatles albums are widely available and recognisable but I would (rightly) find myself in all sorts of bother if I re-packaged them and sold them for financial gain.
I know, I'm not going to argue. I was just trying to say, not very effectively that there are hundreds, if not thousands of photos of BO's face, that you would have thought it was OK to use. But he should have been able to negotiate a very low price to use that photograph, as it isn't particularly outstanding. I like the picture he created for the portrait gallery and for the fact he has a famous work of art he should probably have acknowledged the original photographer anyway as a gesture (ignoring the legalities).
what a wonderful world you must live in
If someone took one of my images and used it, without consent, for financial gain I'd be very surprised ...and expecting some kind of compensation.
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