Incense

by Bart Arondson

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

Take the 2-minute tour ×
Photography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

How do you feel if someone used one of your pictures that you posted on the internet? As I novice photographer I feel good that my picture is good enough but is that right? I do not like making my pictures ugly by pasting a huge watermark across the image.

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by fahad.hasan, rfusca Apr 2 '12 at 17:43

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

4  
Hi @Vaishak, this is really too much of a poll for our site here. Take a look at the FAQ for what kinds of questions are more appropriate here. If you've got some more questions that would benefit the site structure, we'd love to have them. –  rfusca Apr 2 '12 at 6:04
1  
How did you license it? I'm not a lawyer and this isn't legal advice, but if you didn't explicitly license it with a permissive license (or post it somewhere with a TOS that requires such a license), the other person can't legally copy it. In most jurisdictions you automatically earn copyright over the image just by taking it. You could start with a (polite) email to whoever posted it, informing them that it's copyrighted and asking them to take it down; then escalate as appropriate. If it was used commercially, demand to be paid. For real legal advice, talk to a lawyer. –  drewbenn Apr 2 '12 at 6:08

1 Answer 1

How you feel about things is an utterly subjective thing, depending on (among other things) what was your intent when taking/publishing the photo and the context where the image is used. For example, you might feel robbed when you worked hard hoping to earn money for a photo and then discover it somewhere used or even shared without your consent. Or you might feel delighted finding out that local newspaper has printed a big copy of the image you took to share the beauty of your back garden with your friends. And you might feel furious seconds after, when you discover the photo is illustrating an article on zealous use of pesticides.

Nobody can tell you how to feel about things. A feeling cannot be wrong or right, it's an emotional thing.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.