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11/14/2005 11:27:24 AM · #1
Hi... there's a photo in one of our local papers that, instead of a photographer's credit, it simply says "courtesy photo." What does that mean? We were wanting to use the photo in a tribute to a slain officer, but we aren't sure if we can simply borrow a photo like that. We haven't had any luck in dealing with the newspaper...
11/14/2005 11:27:55 AM · #2
It means that someone submitted it to the newspaper for publication.
11/14/2005 11:29:03 AM · #3
You're quick... :) Do you think it would be okay to use, or no?
11/14/2005 11:37:45 AM · #4
tough call. on one hand, it was submitted for publication. on the other, while they implicitly gave the paper permission to print, that does not mean they have given everyone else permission to use it. i wouldn't use it unless i had explicit permission from the copyright holder. if you can't get it from the paper, you should probably find another image. good luck!
11/14/2005 11:46:27 AM · #5
thanks so much!
11/14/2005 11:49:17 AM · #6
I've seen photos, especially formal shots of policemen in uniform, that were issued by the department and credited "courtesy" you might inquire there.
11/14/2005 11:56:51 AM · #7
Originally posted by annasense:

You're quick... :) Do you think it would be okay to use, or no?


You can't legally use it without the owner's permission.
11/15/2005 01:35:40 PM · #8
If it's a photo of police officers or is police-related, there's a good chance it came from the police agency whose officers are in the picture. If so, give the Police Department a call, ask for their public relations office, and see if they know about the picture. If it's theirs, I can't imagine they wouldn't give you permission to use it for a memorial. If it's not, they may be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck, and I'll be sending prayers for your slain officer (we're a LEO family too).
11/26/2016 09:00:22 PM · #9
I just had numerous images I'd shot in my community labeled as "courtesy photo" and it's insulting. In today's world you can EASILY find who authored an image (Google image search). Labeling an imagine "courtesy photo" to me screams "I'm too lazy to find the author of this image" or it screams "I don't like the person who took this photo so I'll 'lift' it and pretend I authored it." It's rude and insulting. If it's a department courtesy photo that means it was taken by that organization's staff and they may not know the exact person who shot the image and if time is of the essence then "courtesy photo" isn't insulting.
11/26/2016 09:24:33 PM · #10
Any time I *give* someone an image to use, I always make it clear that I am not charging them for the photo....but do ask for, and so far have gotten, photographer credit.
11/26/2016 09:31:44 PM · #11
I gave up the copyright to use my calculator pictures from my Casio website. They are everywhere on the net. They just need to mention where they took it from. (and even that is not done) I've spent too much time to control the usage in the past for no much result.
11/27/2016 09:08:39 AM · #12
Originally posted by SueLow:

I just had numerous images I'd shot in my community labeled as "courtesy photo" and it's insulting. In today's world you can EASILY find who authored an image (Google image search). Labeling an imagine "courtesy photo" to me screams "I'm too lazy to find the author of this image" or it screams "I don't like the person who took this photo so I'll 'lift' it and pretend I authored it." It's rude and insulting.

You have to understand that not everyone knows the rules. In most cases of photography "Theft" in today's world, regular people don't know or simply haven't thought about intellectual property rights. If you want to be insulted, go right ahead, but until you can determine absolutely that the theft was done knowingly, with intent, and for the express purpose of circumventing the proper copyright protocol, you're simply doing the same thing as the person who stole the images. You're assuming facts not in evidence.

People come into our gallery all the time and often out comes the cell phone to shoot our paintings and photography. We *gently* ask people not to take pictures explaining that it's not an okay thing to do. Most people are mortified to discover what they're doing is frowned upon and apologize profusely. Getting huffy and indignant about it would only serve to drive people away, and it's been our experience over the past three years as gallery owners that most people simply don't know that it's inappropriate.

Originally posted by GeorgesBogaert:

I gave up the copyright to use my calculator pictures from my Casio website. They are everywhere on the net. They just need to mention where they took it from. (and even that is not done) I've spent too much time to control the usage in the past for no much result.

I remember multiple threads when I first got here concerning copyright law, indignant photogs bemoaning their work appearing elsewhere in the world without permission, and the general scourge of us as photographers as a whole being taken advantage of with zero regard for our efforts. Photographers today are smarter, and there does seem to be less theft now that more people are aware of stock imagery and its reasonable cost, but the one thing that has *NOT* changed......

If you do not want any chance of an image being pirated, don't put it on the 'Net.
11/27/2016 09:42:35 AM · #13
Wow this post is 11 years old!
11/27/2016 12:24:38 PM · #14
Originally posted by salmiakki:

Wow this post is 11 years old!


Yup.
11/27/2016 02:15:17 PM · #15
Originally posted by salmiakki:

Wow this post is 11 years old!


Originally posted by tanguera:

Yup.

Ain't it amazing how trolls show up?
11/27/2016 05:01:54 PM · #16
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Originally posted by salmiakki:

Wow this post is 11 years old!


Originally posted by tanguera:

Yup.

Ain't it amazing how trolls show up?


Yup.
07/27/2018 04:50:00 PM · #17
All types of undead trolling necromancy ridden spam!
07/31/2018 10:29:05 AM · #18
Originally posted by blindjustice:

All types of undead trolling necromancy ridden spam!

Wow! Outstanding, though you really should have at least had the decency to include a list of burn centers for your victim.

LOL!!!
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