Believe me, I don't sit around all day waiting for people to take my pictures and use them for their own profit, but, it still astounds me that journalists simply don't seem to think there will be any penalty if they help themselves to an image off the internet, with not the slightest attempt to qualify the ownership of the intellectual property.
Most of my photographic output goes directly to stock, but some of it is shared on social media, by choice but with no licence for use by anyone else.
The ones shared on social media are usually on facebook on closed groups, and despite what people thinking and saying that Facebook can do whatever they want with your images it is simply not true.
I retain copyright and do not allow licensing of my images when I share them on Facebook, so, if you take them for a commercial venture you are infringing my copyright and stealing my property.
Now, if you were to just share them to a local history group on facebook I might not be bothered as I am in such groups and I enjoying seeing pictures, particularly old ones, BUT, if you then take those pictures and put them in a publication without even asking permission, then I will chase for compensation and removal.
This brings me to today's infringement, a national newspaper has printed an image of mine as part of a story; the reporter joined the closed Facebook group and used some picture from there, one of which was clearly posted by me, and, he didn't even attempt to contact me for permission even though it's not a time sensitive major news event, it's just a fluffy piece for a red top.
So the questions are...
Would I have given permission for use?
No, not without payment as it's already available for commercial use via Alamy (I posted it as part of a live news upload).
Is he within his rights to post it without permission?
No, not without permission, even if he tags it as copyright Mick Flynn (it's actually tagged 'Facebook'), it's still IP theft.
Will I pursue the infringer?
Yes, Pixsy is on it already.
Please, fellow photographers don't let commercial concerns steal your content If you are happy to give them content for free that's your choice, but if they steal it... make them pay.
It wasn't this picture..