“How Image Sharing Sites are Undermining Photography,” by photographer Tara Bradford, July 18, 2013
This could as easily be about infringement of images of paintings, sculpture, etc, or for that matter, poetry and writing.
This article was posted on a Facebook group this morning, and many artists I know, (myself included), are well acquainted with the author’s struggles to protect her copyrights. Infringement really does cause damage. It’s not flattering and it’s not really free promotion. (If its unattributed the ‘free promotion’ excuse is especially stupid.)
People may not understand that an image IS a product. It can be used as illustration, advertising, to generate ad income, support causes, make greeting cards and other products like pillow covers, key chains, mousepads, reprints, knock off versions of the art from Chinese sweat shops, and more. All without the artist or photographer being asked or paid. It is no wonder that…
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