1930s WPA mural, Coit Tower, San Francisco.
On April 15th I wrote about Nikken Europe using my copyrighted photo for advertising and publicity. The company now has accepted that it used my photo without permission, apologised and paid the token compensation fee I requested. Nikken EU also has closed its Pinterest account.
I don't think this matter would have been resolved so readily, if not for the power of the pen (magnified via the internet) and the oxygen of publicity my article received via Twitter, Facebook, Etsy and various photography forums. Thank you for helping spread the word.
This is just one example of an ongoing battle photographers, writers, artists and content creators face to protect our original work. Personally I despise the watermark that defaces my photos (along with another watermark, embedded within the images). But as long as people carelessly cling to the delusion that anything they see on the internet is free for the taking, such (semi)protective measures must remain.
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