October 14th, 2007
Adam Maurer down under at aerialview.com.au reports that the photo rip-off artists are at it again. Adam says:
I am appalled how many fellow photographers blatantly ignore copyright. My own images have shown up on yet another website purporting to be their own, to help sell their products and services. I am now going to start naming these companies so that a “shame file” can be established. The latest is Firefly Ads, based in Ventura CA. As professionals involved with imagery, we should respect copyright, no ifs or buts. Not even the basic courtesy of seeking permission to use an image beforehand, is simply a reflection of the poor ethics that these individuals have. Maybe no ethics at all.
The photos Adam is talking about are here. Adam’s excellent example of the benefit of using Pole Aerial Photography. Whoever owns www.fireflyads.com (I’m not going to grace them a link) is using Adam’s example photos on the front page of their site.
I’m thinking that if a bunch of us let www.fireflyads.com know how we feel (via the contact form on their site) about using stolen photographs it may discourage this behavior.