In the latest issue of the Brooklyn View there is a photo in one of the articles of the El Greco diner in Sheepshead Bay. I instantly recognized this picture as a picture from Flickr, a photo sharing website. Flickr allows authors to post their photos, share with friends and family, and even allow commercial use of their photos if the author allows it. In this case, the author does not allow commercial use. There are two types of licenses on Flickr: “All Rights Reserved” and “Creative Commons”, which has about 6 variants.
The photo that they used has a very specific “All Rights Reserved” license which means that the author of the photo owns the photo and controls how its used. The Brooklyn View decided to ignore copyright law, bypass the authors rights and to make matters worse they didn’t even credit the author properly only using “Photo: Flickr” not a link to the picture, not the authors user name, and certainly not the authors real name.
This subject of copyright is a very touchy subject with me. It may not be a touchy subject with you however I am in a business where I have to pay for images that I use in Web or Print marketing. They aren’t cheap either they go from a few dollars to a few thousand. I absolutely hate when people steal photos, especially mine (**cough** GBFD ** cough**). If you ask who knows I might say yes.