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Aug 18, 2012 22:12 |  #16

If someone is using your photo you should be paid for it. You will never get paid with that attitude.


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Aug 18, 2012 22:30 |  #17

MikeFairbanks wrote in post #14875476 (external link)
However, I am not, nor do I really think I will ever make any money off pictures. I'm not really good enough in any genre to do it and probably never will.

This attitude always baffles me. Your images are good enough for other people to make money off but not for you to make money off? Your local paper is a commercial venture. They earn money from ad revenue, they get ad revenue from readership and they get readership from content - including your photos.


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Aug 18, 2012 22:38 |  #18

MikeFairbanks wrote in post #14875476 (external link)
My pics get posted in the local paper sometimes, and I know that they have no clue as to whether they should use it or not. All I did was send a very kind note (essentially thanking them....although, you know....they are my photos), and asking for credit. The credits before were something like "photo: special" or something like that.

I told them they can use my photos however they like, including ads, but to give me credit.

However, I am not, nor do I really think I will ever make any money off pictures. I'm not really good enough in any genre to do it and probably never will.

They know EXACTLY what they are doing and counting on you either not caring, seeing it or doing precisely what you did.


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Aug 18, 2012 23:39 |  #19
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Dan Marchant wrote in post #14876435 (external link)
This attitude always baffles me. Your images are good enough for other people to make money off but not for you to make money off? Your local paper is a commercial venture. They earn money from ad revenue, they get ad revenue from readership and they get readership from content - including your photos.

I agree.
They ARE obviously " good enough" otherwise they wouldn't be getting published in the first place would they?

You seem like a nice bloke but it seems others are using your naievity and good nature to screw you over which is what they are doing. If ever one day you do realise you were good enough years back, you'll have a hard time getting paid for your work when you want it.

Also makes it a lot harder for others to get any money and perpetuates the problem if only one out of 10 or 100 stolen images are picked up on and they are forced to pay for and damages.


From RDKirk: First, let me check the forum heading...yes, it does say "Business of Photography" and not "Hobby of Photography." Okay. So we're talking about making money, not about hobbies. By "business" I am presuming activities that pay expenses and produce a profit over the long term.

  
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Aug 25, 2012 22:16 |  #20

You do not have to register a photo, to hold the copyright. If you can prove you are the copyright holder (the one who took the photo), your chances are just as good as the lawyer you hire. The question is, is it worth it?


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Aug 26, 2012 16:53 |  #21

Croasdail wrote in post #14875312 (external link)
What a missed opportunity. Rather than snarking at them, it was an opportunity to find yet another venue for your work. People act like their pictures are the Mona Lisa. Honestly, had this been approached from the angle of they like your work, let them use that image, and you'll work with them on future images. What you ended up with is no incremental income, and a web site that you know will not give your images air time in the future.

There is the "right" answer... which usually leads to no new business... and there is the compromise answer where you could develop a broader relationship with other venues. Most people who do this do not have nefarious intent.

What the hell????




  
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Aug 27, 2012 22:49 |  #22

He forgot that free work typically leads to more free work. But hey, work is work right?


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Aug 28, 2012 05:48 |  #23

Good exposure!




  
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