How hard is it to ask permission, GetUp!?

How hard is it to ask permission to reproduce my images, GetUp!?

I made it pretty easy to work out how to do things by attaching this really simple statement to my protest pictures:

Independant media, protest websites and the like should leave a comment or send an email for permission to re-publish and higher resolution images.

GetUp! didn’t ask permission and just grabbed them for one of their promotional videos. An email after the fact might have been good enough, but obviously that’s a lot of effort.

A grab from the offending video:

And, oh, look, I wonder where these came from?

And again:

and the source:

If GetUp! had bothered to ask, I think I even had a version of the right hand image with great depth of field to put the guy in focus, too.

“All Rights Reserved”. That’s not a “creative commons” license. If they’d asked, there’s little doubt I would have granted permission, but asking is a basic courtesy. Don’t try to pass off other’s work as your own.

I’ve never liked giant watermarks through the middle of pictures as they damage the message, but this is why they happen.

2 Responses to “How hard is it to ask permission, GetUp!?”

  • Pascall Photography Says:

    man that is infuriating! i had an ‘artist’ steal one of my images off redbubble which he then sold on another website as his own. blatant theft is what it boils down too. glad you noticed this and posted it - so we can all see. perhaps a small watermark near the corners of your images in future? cheers

  • andre Says:

    It really burns me up because they just had to ask permission and there’s a good chance I would have granted it. And sent them cleaner copies of the image instead of distributing low-rez in the video which looks crap.

    I really don’t want to have to watermark, but I’m starting to. I don’t mind people grabbing copies for personal use, but an advertising campaign? Nah, man, not cool at all.

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