No, You Can’t Use My Photos On Your Brand’s Instagram For Free – PetaPixel

My name is Max Dubler, and I am a professional photographer who has been working full time in downhill skateboarding for the last several years. I am a well-known person within this little niche: I started an influential website with my friends, was on staff for the only downhill magazine since its first issue, have written extensively about downhill skate safety, and have been hired by almost every major downhill skate brand to shoot photos.

Lately, in an effort to get new riders excited about skating, I have departed from my usual policy of only releasing the most technically perfect pictures of sponsored riders and started posting all of my halfway decent photos from skate events on Skatehousemedia.com and its Facebook page. This is a lot more editing work, but as a skater myself I understand the excitement of seeing a good photo of myself from an event. It also helps drive traffic and engagement.

I don’t put huge watermarks in the middle of my photos or charge individual skaters to use them on social media because skaters are mostly broke teenagers, watermarks ruin the picture and don’t stop people from stealing your photos, and I make an okay living from freelance work and my steady gigs. The second-hand stoke is enough of a reward for me. I do charge for-profit companies a fee to use my photos because they are making money off my work. This is a pretty straightforward distinction.

A few days ago an established, successful small longboard brand downloaded one of my pictures from an event in Canada and posted it to their Instagram account.

FFS. The excuses this company gave for ripping off this guy’s photos are pathetic.

“We’re just a small business, we can’t afford it.” Dude. Man. Bro. Guy. Your company has worldwide distribution and I asked you for twenty five f**king dollars. You can afford it. Think of it as an intellectual-property parking ticket. Pay me.

Source: No, You Can’t Use My Photos On Your Brand’s Instagram For Free

2 thoughts on “No, You Can’t Use My Photos On Your Brand’s Instagram For Free – PetaPixel

  1. Back at the advent of the online world, once the graphical interface came into use, and Delphi, Compuserve and GEnie were capable of showing images, wide spread pilferage became rampant. As a developer of the original Apple User Group Forums and the Desktop Publishing Forums on AOL we adhered to a very strict rule — and we pushed it in the TOC and “new user” information. Unfortunately nobody payed any attention. But it’s still true today. “NEVER put anything online that you’re not willing to give away.” the second cardinal rule was : “NOTHING online is secure — never was, never will be — if you do not want it published, don’t put it there.”

    Yes, pilferage and stealing is illegal and can be litigated so long as proof of ownership is able to be demonstrated. Unfortunately, one has to pursue the thief which becomes a very expensive proposition. It’s unfortunate.

    Welcome to the connected world. Read the book “Future Crimes”

  2. Back at the advent of the online world, once the graphical interface came into use, and Delphi, Compuserve and GEnie were capable of showing images, wide spread pilferage became rampant. As a developer of the original Apple User Group Forums and the Desktop Publishing Forums on AOL we adhered to a very strict rule — and we pushed it in the TOC and “new user” information. Unfortunately nobody payed any attention. But it’s still true today. “NEVER put anything online that you’re not willing to give away.” the second cardinal rule was : “NOTHING online is secure — never was, never will be — if you do not want it published, don’t put it there.”

    Yes, pilferage and stealing is illegal and can be litigated so long as proof of ownership is able to be demonstrated. Unfortunately, one has to pursue the thief which becomes a very expensive proposition. It’s unfortunate.

    Welcome to the connected world. Read the book “Future Crimes”

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