Okay so I would like to know what you guys would do in this situation. This happened just over 2 years ago, I live in New Zealand and TV news show that did this is one of the biggest ones in New Zealand. So what happened is that I uploaded a photo of some snow covered trees to a weather reporting group on facebook that had a watermark with my website on it on the bottom left corner. The next day this news show makes a story about the cold weather and broadcasts it on TV but they used my snow photo without my permission in the story and they EVEN cropped out my watermark! I have all the proof including the exact time my photo was approved on the facebook weather reporting group.
I was furious at this, if they hadn't cropped out my watermark then thousands of people would have gone onto my website which at the time redirected to my youtube channel and I would have got hundreds of new subscribers if not thousands. The reason why I didn't take action about it comes down to my personality at the time - I was a laid back person and very shy but now I am more likely to stand up for myself and I would like to stand up against freebooting. As of right now the video that has my photo that was broadcast on tv is still on their website (their website has ads as well) another thing that I don't like is that they have put their watermark on the whole video on the bottom right corner so when they broadcasted it, their watermark is on my photo.
At this stage I'm either going to:
- Contact them and say they have to pay me a big amount of money (not sure how much)
- If they refuse to pay I will threaten legal action and tell another news website/channel about this to raise awareness about freebooting.
I wasn't making any money from my photography at the time of when this happened but I believe had they not cropped out my watermark or at the very least given credit by putting my name on the photo when was broadcast that my audience would have grown significantly and then I would've been able to make money from people buying prints etc.