Flickr File: A Cautionary Tale

The photo world seems to revolve around stories of pictures on Flickr that are snapped up by advertising agencies, thus making unknown amateur photographers wealthy and famous. Ummm...it doesn't always work that way. Check out this story about Flickr member Justin Ho-Wee Wong, who took a picture at a church-sponsored car wash in Dallas, only to find the image later used in an ad for Virgin Mobile in Australia. Justin is suing, but the interesting part is that he's not suing for infringement of h

The photo world seems to revolve around stories of pictures on Flickr that are snapped up by advertising agencies, thus making unknown amateur photographers wealthy and famous. Ummm...it doesn't always work that way. Check out this story about Flickr member Justin Ho-Wee Wong, who took a picture at a church-sponsored car wash in Dallas, only to find the image later used in an ad for Virgin Mobile in Australia. Justin is suing, but the interesting part is that he's not suing for infringement of his copyright, which he had already signed away. The case is turns on the issue of privacy. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this case. As for me, the answer is simple: DON'T SIGN AWAY YOUR COPYRIGHT.

--David Schonauer

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