Dear Photographers worldwide,
How may of you are aware of your rights ? How many of you actually take the initiative to make friends and family around you aware that plagiarism of images is a crime. Lifting images from google, flicker & elsewhere on the net and using for commercial endeavours is inappropriate. That the creator of that image at the end of the tunnel, is someone like yourself who has invested in equipment, has spent time and energy with a lot of passion to create something that they “Love”, love enough to use commercially !!
There are a lot of more important issues I understand, but unless each one of you make it you personal mandate to speak about it and educate plagiarism will continue.
Educated professionals from advertising such as visualizers, art directors, creative directors, marketing heads, branding and communication professionals , editors, magazine owners, press, media, business owners … Lets all work towards sensitising the world around us.
Piracy of images is a crime !! Period. Unite and address this.
I would urge you to share this. Creation of images is a livelihood for photographers everywhere. Only if we join hands and create awareness in each of our circles will this be viewed as unethical. Its a chain.
Images will always be a part of communication. If we want to continue creating good work that enables business to generate revenue ( directly or indirectly ) we should all come together. We at StockImageBank.com are always available to assist anyone who needs guidance to know know more. Please feel free to write to me directly or make it a discussion in open forums !!
Till then Happy Shooting ! !
– Sugandha Dubey, is the founder of http://www.stockimagebank.com, one of India’s Premier Stock Photo Agency.