I pledge not to steal from photographers

I pledge not to steal from photographers

December 6, 2019
Petition to
American Society of Media Photographers
Signatures: 19Next Goal: 25
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Why this petition matters

Started by Sean Rayford

Presidents, mayors, governors, newspapers, small businesses, big businesses, state tourism agencies, filmmakers, musicians, and probably YOU, can't stop themselves from stealing the work of photographers.

It's 4:45 am as I type this. I'm typing this because I can't sleep. I can't sleep because I've been robbed, once again. Robbed by a friend and someone I respect. For me, it's not about the monetary aspects but rather the peace of mind that comes from being able to protect what is most valuable. And for me, above life, that is photography.

I'm not as mad as I am exhausted.

I'm exhausted by having to deal with confronting folks who are taking from me. I'm exhausted with the concerns about how much worse this gets and I'm exhausted by the search for a solution. I'm a photographer: not a debt collector, nor a police force, nor a legislator, nor a salesman. And for those curious, there is very little legal action available to photographers in the overwhelming majority of these scenarios.

By signing this pledge you promise not to use photography (on any platform) without first obtaining the creators' (or copyright holder's) permission (unless there is a mechanism like public domain, creative commons). You also agree that your inability to contact the creator or copyright holder does not grant usage.

*** If you do not understand the difference between "using photography" and sharing it, it's encouraged that you ask more questions.

There's a solid chance, that the photographer may grant usage at no cost - maybe for credit and a link to their website. Maybe they'll trade you usage for a coffee, or a sandwich, or maybe you'll stumble upon a greater reciprocal relationship.

As a photographer, and because of this societal trend I am at a point where I find myself limiting what I photograph in my home town, because I'm tired of being robbed by my neighbors.

Please, take the pledge and share it with your friends and family.

-Thank you for taking the time to read this

If you have questions about copyright, this post from the LawTog is specific to Photography copyright laws.




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