Digital Crime

February 10, 2017 3 Comments

I have personally given permission to Visit Idaho to repost any of my pictures as long as they give credit. They don’t even have to ask anymore. And yet, before they repost any of my pictures, they will still ask for permission. I cannot ask for anything more kind and professional.

Although Visit Idaho goes well beyond what is needed, I just want Instagram admins to give proper credit to the sources. This is a huge problem in the Instagram community. I have encountered many situations where a number of accounts reposted my picture without giving credit. Usually, when there is no credit, I would assume that whoever posted that picture also took it. Head to the comments sections, and there are people praising the picture with “great job” or “wonderful capture”. The author of the picture gets nada, while the account that reposted the picture gets all the credit.

Whoever reposts a picture without giving credit basically robs the photographer of all the potential recognition. They did not do any actual work to get that picture. They did not take time off to hike a difficult trail and to see a breathtaking view of a mountain, lake, or canyon. They just sat on their phone, looking through their feed, and robbed a photographer of all the grit and sweat that they put into it.

ansel adams
Photo by Ansel Adams (view notes below)

This picture was taken by the Ansel Adams, the most famous photographer that has ever lived on planet earth. I modified this picture and added "photo by: Igor Bukhantsov". It looks like I stole his photograph and claimed it as my own. Why should it be any different when an Instagram admin reposts someone's picture without giving credit to the photographer?

Repost accounts are still an essential part of the Instagram community. Photographers are given a new way of networking and sharing their art. When a picture is reposted with the source, both the source and the repost account benefits. The photographer gets recognition and potential clients. The repost account increases their own credibility and potentially sparks a conversation with all the people that enjoyed the picture. Please encourage others to give credit where credit is deserved.

*** This photograph was taken by Ansel Adams. I do not claim any rights or ownership of this photo. I modified this photo to prove my point of how ridiculous it is when someone reposts a picture without giving credit to the photographer. It is as bad as claiming the photograph and saying that I took it. ***


3 Responses

Droid
Droid

February 10, 2017

No, it is I who disagree.

Artem
Artem

February 10, 2017

It’s fairly debatable. ?

Oleg Bukhantsov
Oleg Bukhantsov

February 10, 2017

I disagree

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