I like to take photos of things. Mostly peoples. Mostly pretty peoples, if I'm honest. But sometimes toys, or dogs, or maybe a tree. Y'know, interesting stuff.
I shoot a few burlesque shows, but that's just to kill time between photoshoots with models, where I can control the light and the pose and the magic.
My photos will have the tag "my photo". Otherwise, it's stolen from the vast wilderness that is the internet. I usually source pics from Model Mayhem, Flickr or We <3 it.
You wanna look me up elsewhere?
I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”
Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.
I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.
Own your creations. Social networks want them for a reason.
You may decide someday to give away the rights to your photos to help an idea spread faster. You may decide someday to sell your rights to the highest bidder. But it should always remain your decision.
Today, photographers were in an uproar because Instagram updated its terms of service, as noted in the New York Times blog:
“A section of the new terms of service, titled ‘Rights,’ notes that Instagram will also be able to use your photographs and identity in advertisements. ‘You agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you,’ the new terms say. This means that photographs uploaded to Instagram could end up in an advertisement on the service or on Facebook. In addition, someone who doesn’t use Instagram could end up in an advertisement if they have their photograph snapped and shared on the service by a friend. Facebook already runs ads that make use of people’s activity on its site.”
This should surprise no one. Social networks are not built for you. They’re built for advertisers or buyers. Instagram just shifted from serving potential buyers to serving the advertiser. You’re still not invited to party.
As for Facebook…here’s one of my favorite guides to your rights on Facebook from IBM’s Social Media Expert Luis Suarez:
“Facebook does not allow me to own my content. That’s not debatable.”
People always seem to forget, you don’t get anything for free.
If you are not paying for a service, then you are the product, not the customer.
JCPenney Responds to Homophobic Boycott Calls with Gay Father’s Day Ad
In what appears to be a direct response to the failed boycott campaign of anti-gay group One Million Moms, JCPenney yesterday unveiled a new Father’s Day ad featuring a same-sex couple playing with their children.
According to the company, the two men who appear in the ad are “real-life dads Todd Koch and Cooper Smith,” and the jubilant children are their kids, Claire and Mason.
“First Pals: What makes Dad so cool?” reads the ad’s copy. “He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver - all rolled into one. Or two.”
Back in February, the department store chain faced criticism from the American Family Association’s One Million Moms project for its hiring of Ellen DeGeneres to be the company’s new spokesperson. JCPenney refused to submit to the group’s bullying, and stuck by DeGeneres.
When these photos with Alix Ruin were submitted to CosplayDeviants.com, part of the terms of service were, that I no longer own the rights to the pics.
Which leaves me in the position of wondering, “can I use them as part of my portfolio?”
Well, I’ve decided that, the reason CosplayDeviants.com would want ownership of the pictures is because if I used the full nudes in my folio, you wouldn’t need to pay them to see them, right?
So, if I censor them….surely that means I get to show off the photos that I’ve taken, without removing any revenue from them? I mean, that’s logical, right?
If not, if I get word from CosplayDeviants to take this pic down, I will. I did sign away my rights to the photos, so, it’s to be expected.
Incidentally, go join CosplayDeviants.com because on top of the nudie photos ( including a recent nudie lady Deadpool, btw! ), the forums are quite good too.
And since the other day I was reading up on my blood type ( I’m A rhD Negative, which is sorta rare…only about 15% of folk have that type…but it’s not a problem, I can still take blood from A, B or O not a problem. So don’t you go losing any sleep over little ol’ me! ) so I asked the boss what his blood type was.
He said he didn’t know, and he didn’t care.
1) he’s afraid of needles,
2) he’s gay, so he can’t give blood.
This was news to me, but yea, a google confirms it. They don’t want Homo-Blood (tm)! Flat out, they just don’t want it. The logic seems to be that The Gays are more likely to get HIV. From my understanding of it ( which may be wrong ), HIV was just as easy to catch from hetrosex, piercings, tattoos and injecting le heroin.
Fair enuff, stop the junkies from giving blood. But even tattoo’d and pierced folk can donate again after a spell.
I don’t know why, but this kinda wound me up.