In the past month, two large design / engineering companies have contacted me regarding "donating" local images for commercial use.
The donated photographs would be part of design and remodeling projects at large chain restaurants.
Seems, both Applebees and Pizza Hut are in the process of refreshing and remodeling hundreds of restaurants across the good old USA.
Evidently, the design companies, (contracted) are donating some services because they don't have a budget for "locally themed" photography for said "locally themed" design.
What's most aggravating (to me) is that large design, graphics and engineering firms have no qualms in using "donated" or "credited" work in their for profit business model.
Invariably, someone will provide the photographs for credit and that "credit" won't even buy them a damn meal!