Association of Photographers asks The Photographers’ Gallery to pay for unauthorised use of photo

It’s all happening today… I’m supposed to be heading to Cardiff in Wales in a couple of hours to deliver some training on blogs and blogging and need to get my next post ready, but this came in just now and I had to post it. It pays to be vigilant and raises questions about image uploads on Flickr and user ethics regarding images put up on third-party sites. Photographers need to get it out there but they also need to be savvy about protecting and tracking the images.
I also wonder how this came to light? Did the photographer track the image then report it? Did someone else? I’ll have to wait and see..

Here’s the letter in its entirety.

Brett Rogers
The Photographers’ Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW

Dear Ms Rogers
It is with very great concern that we note the unauthorised use of a photograph made by John Goldsmith titled ‘Porcelain’ which resides on his Flickr Photostream and which has been used as part of a computer-generated impression to promote and publicise the new Photographers’ Gallery building.

As a trade body representing professional photographers, working to promote best practice and securing and protecting the rights of photographers everywhere, we are sure that you would not condone such a breach of a creator’s rights and would join with us in condemning what amounts to theft of someone else’s intellectual property.

We trust that as an organisation dedicated to promoting the best in photography, you are equally committed to respecting and honouring the rights of others, and will ensure that the photographer is paid the commercial rate for the use of his image as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely
The Association of Photographers

4 responses to “Association of Photographers asks The Photographers’ Gallery to pay for unauthorised use of photo

  1. We need to see more exposing of illegal use and I am very interested in your future findings on this issue to see if the group does the right thing and pay the photographer.
    There should also be a penalty payment involved.

    Cliff

  2. John posted his version of the story with full explanation here :
    http://johngoldsmithphotography.com/archives/491

  3. Thanks Ambra, this is a great link and answers these questions, I’ve written to the AOP today to see if there have been any developments. Will post as soon as I hear back.

  4. Cliff, I’m following this up, see John’s blog for how it came to light and for his comments… am waiting to see how the Photographers Gallery responds, will keep you posted,

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