Hey The Cork News! Give to charity?

The other night my wife showed me a local paper pointing at a picture of Ray D’Arcy and Jenny Kelly that sat next to a report about their recent engagement. Great! We’re fans of the show, they’re nice people, lovely!

Only thing is, that photo looked familiar. I searched and found it in my US Book Launch Party post from way back in 2005. I’m used to websites borrowing stealing my photos but it saddens me when commercial newspapers like The Cork News do it too. I found their Twitter account too and guess what? I’m not the only photographer who’s had a problem with them.

So… @TheCorkNews- can you address this? MT @ElishaClarke Don’t appreciate my photo being used without my permission. http://t.co/tCqnTTKk

@TheCorkNews did reply positively which is good.

@DeclanMadsen Sure, we’ll be in touch with the photographer.

But the fact remains that they used another photo without permission, my photo. Leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.

The Cork News, I don’t want payment for the photo, or reimbursement for the 100 Euro train fare to Dublin, or the 40 Euro it cost to stay in a local hotel that night. If you want to make this good, please make a donation to Matt’s charity water campaign for his birthday. Thank you.

3 thoughts on “Hey The Cork News! Give to charity?

  1. While I wholeheartedly approve of your very forgiving attitude, I can’t help but wonder if actually making a big deal out of it would make them less likely to do it in the future because they would have learned a valuable (and expensive) lesson.

    Large companies seem to think copyright laws should be a one way street and it is extremely frustrating when this sort of thing happens. If you had “borrowed” something of theirs and put it on your site, I suspect they would not have so lenient an attitude!

  2. Trog – I did consider sending them an invoice but figured they’d just ignore it. I’m actually appalled that they haven’t left a comment here or replied to me on Twitter about this.

    There are pictures of Sinead O’Connor (+husband), Mitt Romney Luis Suarez, Vinnie Jones and Eamon Dunphy on the same page. It’s not fair that they used my photo without permission and they must have received permission to use those, right?

  3. Yep, it’s pretty irritating. I think you should definitely send them an invoice, and when they inevitably ignore it, have a lawyer send them a followup and increase the invoice fee by the cost of the lawyer.

    I hate even writing words like that because it seems like such a scummy thing to do, but when I think about how many cases I’ve read where big media have tried to use copyright laws like a club to stomp on individuals it just fills me with rage.

    I know how much effort it is to do anything about it though so I totally understand your position; I hope they do eventually at least provide you the courtesy of responding via Twitter.

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