I have been trying to work in this post for a few weeks now.
It is an odd sort of subject…so what better than the Odd Ball challenge.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been notified
that one of my pictures had been used, drawn
and published on another blog.
Below is the picture in question.
At the time, I had simply received a link/comment
in my WordPress Comments section and
it was this which annoyed frustrated
me the most…I think.
It was not for a further week that I found an email
telling me that my photograph had been drawn
and used on a website.
Had I look in my email more frequently
I did say that I would follow-up and
post the link for those who expressed a
desire to have a look at the drawing.
The blog is called
On his website, Thomas says he is going to have
an exhibition (I think) in 2016 and
that it is normal for artists to use photographs.
I have some artist friends who would argue with that…
at least using photos taken by others.
My photos are similar, in subject matter, to many others
I have seen and I often find myself asking how did
the photographer achieve that result.
In other words there are many photographers,
in the blogosphere, whose work I admire.
My reaction may have been a bit over the top
and was based on the following:
1. It is always nice to be asked…
2. My understanding is that under Australian law
all our work is automatically under copyright.
I acknowledge that Australian laws do not apply worldwide
And I am not going to argue with my adviser in that respect!
3. I have heard reports of Social Media sites taking our work and
on-selling it to multinational companies.
4. Finally, I have recently had a request to sell a print.
With 70 million photos being upload to social media each day,
I think I was very lucky to sell one.
However it has made me look at my photographs
in a totally different light.
It may be the only photo I ever sell…who knows?
And that is enough from yours truly!