I have a real problem when people steal. Copyright infringement is stealing and Pinterest seems to encourage such behavior. So, when people ask, “Are you on Pinterest?” I tell them I am not and that I don’t believe in supporting copyright infringements.
I have a real problem when people steal. Printing an image off the internet and then using that image on a flyer, brochure or even a web site, is stealing. Copyright infringement is a form of stealing.
I have a real problem when people steal. Using copyrighted music on your web site or in a video, without paying the author, performer, recording company, etc., is copyright infringement and copyright infringement is a form of stealing.
You’re saying, “Whoa, Brent, take a breath. Chill, man.”
I guess it becomes a sore spot when you make your living selling your intellectual property. My art, book, course material, are all things I create and I count on people paying for them. So, when I see another photographer, stilling work and posting it on their web site to promote their work… I get a little hot under the collar. (If it were my work they were using, I’d be on the phone with PPA’s legal department asking for a cease and desist letter.)
So, here is the deal… if you have an image displayed on your blog, your Facebook page, your web site, etc., and you did not get permission to display it, you’re breaking the law. For example, I saw a local photographer who had photos from a clothing catalog on his web site. He was advertising that he could make you look like that. (Hmmm… if he can, why doesn’t he have examples of pictures he took?) Example two: I saw a photographer who had images form a clothing manufacturer’s web site on her photography page under the section about what to wear to your photo shoot. Again – a blatant violation of copyright laws. Oh, and she also has COPIES of work by other photographers as examples!!! (It makes me want to pick up the phone and call and say, “Hey, did you know so-n-so likes your images sooooo much she uses them on her web site to draw clients?”
Yeah, I’m venting… still with me?
Here is what they don’t realize…
In this digital era, companies are starting to do web crawls looking for copyright infringement. When they find it, they come after businesses with a vengeance.
If you do, I think you understand my point.
My digital files embedded data that I can use to prove they are mine. Also, the Library of Congress has, on file, a copy of them. (It’s called copyright registration.) If little ol’ me can do that, imagine how easy it is for a big giant like Victoria’s Secret (i.e. the photographer I previously mentioned), or the too-numerous-to-mention copyright violations by the other photographer.
I think the next big Napster-like bust is going to be on image and text copyrights.
Personally, I subscribe to a Code of Ethics. Actually, I subscribe to several of them. One being, “I believe in honoring and sustaining the law.”