Now, I take great credit in my work since I really bust my butt to give you guys the best photos and videos I can produce. Now, all of my original work (i.e. photographs, video footage) is protected under a little thing called the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 License.
Here are the details of that license:
For the full details, you can check out the full legal code here.
You are free:
- to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work
- to make commercial use of the work
Under the following conditions:
Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor. No Derivative Works. You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.
- For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.
- Any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
Now, why do I bring this up you ask? Well, a reader pointed me to this site called SupportReform.org which uses a photograph I took without my permission.
Here's a quicksnap of the page, notice the photo (click on image to enlarge).
Now click here to go back to my original post about the Boughton immigration press conference and notice my photograph. See something in common. Here, I've save you the time and made a snapshot (click to enlarge).
Now since Mayor Boughton is making a gesture with his hands, the chances of two photographers taking exactly the same picture at exactly the same angle is very unlikely...in fact, it's almost impossible. Given that fact, this is clearly my picture being used on a anti-immigration site and I would never agree to have my photograph be associated with this site.
Here's the twist, this organization was created by the Mayor himself and you would think he would know better than to rip off my material without giving me credit for my work.
Now, I know many people down at City Hall check this site out so I'm going to be cool about this for now and ask someone to kindly tell the Mayor to take my photograh off of his site or obey the rules of my site and give me credit for my work (photo courtesy of Hat City Blog).
Hopefully, this will be taken care of quickly. I really don't like having my work ripped off like this so it would be wise for the parties involved to get this matter cleared up before I get really upset and start posting about this on more consistent basis.