Pictures used without permission on dating sites
It appears as though I am the latest test subject, as their Mail Online web newspaper has decided to publish my urban exploration photos from Gunkanjima without first contacting me to ask permission and without payment. They added a link to my website and finally paid the invoice we agreed on. Not only that, they cut off the watermarks from the bottom of all but one photo and re-sized several, blowing them up to larger sizes which lowered the overall image quality.As a photographer, that disappoints me more than anything, as the edited images just look terrible.Even if the images weren’t found on the Getty website, using any image without permission is illegal.
Indeed, one comment on the article described them to “appear to have been taken with a 2002 model of Nokia.” The Daily Mail did have the courtesy to credit me with the images, adding their own black-box watermark with my name, although they did not link to my website or the original article which they took the images from. Next, I typed up an email to the editor and included my prices, based on the standards set by the National Union of Journalists. My email is as follows: Dear Sir/Madam, I am emailing you in regards to the article published on the Daily Mail website ‘mailonline’ entitled: The most desolate city on Earth: Take a tour of the ghostly Battleship Island crumbling into the sea off the coast of Japan Link: am flattered that you liked my photography and appreciate you giving me credit.
I also tried twice to leave a comment on the original article but as of yet it has not appeared (despite other, newer comments appearing), meaning it did not make it through their moderation process, for whatever reason… It is also being discussed here on Daily Mail’s Google Plus page, as well as here, here in Japanese. I am however not pleased that you published the images without first contacting me to ask permission and without paying me for use of my work.
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