Saturday, June 20, 2009

Copyright? I got your Copyright Right Here!

Author, photographer and blogger (isn't everyone a blogger these days?) Scott Bourne has an excellent post about Copyright on his blog Photofocus today. I think it's a must read for everyone who makes a living by publishing something.

In this Internet age, Bourne says, many people think it's OK to take a photograph from a web site without permission and use it for their own purposes -- usually commercial -- without paying the photographer for the right. Some people even go so far as to say copyright is no longer necessary in the Internet age.

Bourne has done the ranting for me on this one. I agree with everything he says in this post. Like Bourne, the subject is one of my pet peeves too. You do not have the right to take my work and use it for your own commercial purposes without my knowledge and without paying me for it. I don't need the "credit," "exposure," or the "clips." I need the cash. If you plan on making money on it, why shouldn't I?

Read the post. Now.

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