Well it was bound to happen again and it did. A for-profit business used one of my photos without my permission and without attribution. Last time it was a local newspaper, this time it’s a local restaurant–and one that I wasn’t too kind to in my review. In the end it will be treated the same by me with an invoice being sent and an expectation of payment.
As you can see from the photo above, which is a screenshot of the photo being used on Pardon My French’s Facebook fan page, they have used a photo which I took when I reviewed the restaurant back in October of 2008. While this is all well and good, it’s still against Facebook’s TOS (I have followed up with Facebook
to have the infringing image removed from their website and the image has been removed) and it’s in violation of my copyright and the Creative Commons licensing terms with which the photo is tagged.
While this is a slightly different than what happened the first time around (I’m less certain about a locally owned restaurant’s knowledge of copyright than say a newspaper), it is still going to end up going the same route. I am bound to vigorously protect my copyright. Maybe they should start teaching this sort of shit in business classes or add it to the paperwork required when you file as a business entity in the State of Minnesota. Then no one could play the ignorance card.
What do you think about this particular copyright violation? Do you think that it’s a different animal all together from when it occurred the first time? Do you think that Facebook should have an easier process to remove offending photos than requiring the copyright owner to fill out a complex form requiring personal information? Whatever you think about Pardon My French using my photography without my permission and without attribution go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say!