Credits & Images

Almost four years after AFP and Getty stole stole 8 of Morel’s Haiti earthquake photos, the photographer WINS:

“After a week of drama and humiliation in court, Agence France Presse and Getty Images had been ordered to pay Morel $1.22m damages for wilful copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”

Go HERE to check out the whole story!

us0000189Winners: Daniel Morel with attorney Joseph Baio,

photographer Phyllis Galembo and attorney Emma James.

Photo by Jeremy Nicholl

A while ago, I posted a photograph taken by Franco Zecchin Palermo, on 15 November, 1983, in Sicily (you can review it here). I have discovered today at least two places that are wrongly attributing the image to Letizia Battaglia: Art chez Moi and the Art ship (click the links to check out the articles). I couldn’t contact the former, but I sent a comment to the latter (it’s awaiting moderation right now – quite curious if they will approve it and remove the image from Battaglia’s portfolio) 🙂

However, there are also sources presenting the image as taken by the Zecchin-Battaglia couple. Wouldn’t that be amazing that they would had such a strong partnership in love and photography that some of the images captured cannot be properly credited anymore? 🙂 Curating Letizia Battaglia’s work is a most now 🙂

Remember our little talk on media using Instagram content without any proper credits? All safely stored here.

Good news! A judge ruled that news agencies cannot freely use, publish or distribute Twitter photos without the specific permission of the photographers who took them. (I know! It;s not Instagram, but one step at a time!)

This is the latest development of a 2010 case when mass media (from Agence France Press to the Washington Post) published the image of a woman trapped beneath rubble after an earthquake in Tahiti, captured by photographer Daniel Morel.


Not only that did not have Morel’s permission to do that (and they didn’t pay him a ha’ penny, as a matter of fact), but once he sent out cease and desist letters, the AFP argued that there was no copyright infringement and launched a lawsuit against him for “antagonistic assertion of rights.” That’s a little bit too much, AFP!

Enough with all of that! District Judge Alison Nathan of Manhattan has issued a ruling that the use of Twitter photos without permission constitutes copyright infringement, and the case will go in court!

Eyes wide open on that! It is a firs, it will set up a precendent and it will have major implications for photographers worldwide!

You don’t want your Instagram pics flying around on the internet, and get shared on social networks without any credits? Watermark them!

Get Marksta App, developed by photographer John D. McHugh, especially for fellow photographers using iPhone cameras, interested in protecting the commercial value of their work, but also their moral rights.

Marksta gets quite creative, allowing users to choose from a variety of borders, fonts, sizes and colours.


More on Marksta in the British Journal of Photography.

Speaking of uncredited images, Stephen Coles offers on his really cute blog Stüf Stuff advice on:

How to find the source of an uncredited image

I unfollow lazy leachers on Tumblr, Pinterest, and other platforms who don’t credit image sources or reblog uncredited images without doing the simple research to find their origin. Doing the research is often a quick and easy job with tools like TinEye or Google’s Search by Image. Here’s how:

  1. Install Jarred Bishop’s excellent img-src bookmarklet, or a browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, Safari), or simply enter the image URL into Search by Image.
  2. The largest or oldest image in the results is usually the first one posted on the web.

Of course, this method is not foolproof, but it works so often that there’s really no excuse not to credit image sources. Don’t break the chain of source information and don’t tolerate chain-breakers. You have the power to make the web a better place.