As an advocate for illegal use of images, I wanted to release a studio update to the two entities caught using the above image without the written permission from Michael Carr Photography, or the client. Both companies have complied with our request to remove our image from their website and have apologized for the occurrence. I appreciate their quick action in correcting this issue.
To the readers of this blog, take note: I have a zero tolerance policy regarding Copyright infringement and I will take action. In today’s digital world, a professional photographer’s website is expected to be found online. However, this by no means gives anyone permission to copy and use an image as their own. Copying and stealing images that are not your own, especially in a commercial application will never result in a positive ending.
To our clients and vendors, this is a prime example why I require authorized documentation for any image being released by the studio. I appreciate your understanding. Editors and publishers do your due diligence and review image release forms before your publication is published and give proper photo credit to the photographer.
Fellow professional photographers, I can not stress enough to maintain a model release for subjects photographed. It is for your protection and your client’s. Our model release was prepared by an attorney, and I would recommend you do the same. Secondly, I highly recommend placing a watermark across any image before you place that image on the internet. Thirdly, register published bodies of your work with The Library of Congress Copyright Office. Here is a link to help explain the process, http://www.copyright.gov/.