Atlanta Photographer Speaks Out on Image Used in Controversial UK Ad (article)

Started Oct 25, 2020 | Discussions thread
Sean Locke Photography Regular Member • Posts: 143
Re: Atlanta Photographer Speaks Out on Image Used in Controversial UK Ad (article)

rumple wrote:

Sean Locke Photography wrote:

rumple wrote:

You're prospect's reaction was mine: free images! Saving not just money for whatever purpose I need them, but the hassle of obtaining and tracking a license.

Except a download from unsplash actually is a license.

That I need not spend time or money on "obtaining", and that I need not track, because the usage is not limited in time or space. I just can't resell the image.

I don't know if you've licensed any content recently, but aside from "yes, reputable places cost money", generally, all current licensing is "royalty free" which is not limited in time and space, with some restrictions, including reselling. Even unsplash has some restrictions. Very weak, of course.

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Note that the Unsplash License does not include the right to use:

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See? The onus is on the user to obtain permission as needed. You don't, and you're on the hook.

Of course, they also pass the buck back to the "contributor" as well.

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I mean, if you put up a billboard with "I have VD" a la Joey on friends, you can bet they're coming after you.

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