What happens when you are flipping through a magazine and stumble across a photo that you took that the magazine stole from you, never having asked permission (much less paid) to use the image? When a similar scenario happened to professional music photographer, Kristen Pierson, she did what any self respecting photographer would do, she contacted the magazine directly. The response the magazine gave her, however, was not what she was hoping to hear. Listen to the interaction between Pierson and the magazine in the following video clip:
Listening to the dialog of the telephone message, it’s clear the magazine was ignorant to the laws regarding copyrights. Whether it was by choice or by sheer uneducation is up for you decide. Regardless any professional level publication should make a point to learn the laws.
Above is a screencap of the photo appearing in the publication in question. At this time, it’s not clear whether or not the photographer has resolved the issue (Via Petapixel). Part of the reason why she has made the case public is to encourage photographers to learn about copyright law and so they may protect themselves if they ever find themselves to be in a similar situation.
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