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« on: November 22, 2016, 07:44 »
Hi all,
Just lately I've seen some of my Editorial photos used in social media in either promoting or advertising a product. No photographer credit line. They've all been mid-size or small businesses doing this, and I don't know where they have purchased the images. In one incident I was quite sure the source was Bigstock (and still am) and wrote in, but they denied it and nothing followed.

It is perfectly clear that images of property, featuring a logo, etc, or people, need appropriate releases and without them the contributor will need to sell them under Editorial.
It's not OK that the buyers are using them in advertising. The photographer/ contributor is the one who will face the blame and responsibility eventually, everyone will ask "who took this photo?" and no one blames the buyer who used it wrongly.

What would you do in a situation like this? Any help/insight will be welcome.

« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2016, 08:07 »
The worst that can happen is that there's a complaint and you're blameless because you're selling the images with an editorial license.  Not something I would lose sleep over.


« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2016, 08:15 »
If you know through whom you licensed the file, try to get them to do something.

« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2016, 09:46 »
Not your problem.  It's their problem.

« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2016, 16:21 »
Thank you for your replies. It's probably true that this is nothing to lose sleep over. In this latest case the file was most likely purchased from Istock.
The buyer probably doesn't know and care how they can use these images, after all they have paid a fortune of them...


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