Photo Credits

SD Times used one of my photos from the RubyKaigi2007 in an article (on page 8 of this pdf) recently. The piece is about JRuby's Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo. Very cool. I remember having a conversation with the guys and a PR firm a while back and giving permission, but I forgot about it. Then a friend sent me the link this morning because he thought the image looked familiar. Sure enough. Looks great in the article layout, too. :)

I publish the vast majority of my images under the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike license, but, sadly, SD Times didn't give me a photo credit. Oh, well. I'll have to be more explicit next time right up front so there is no misunderstanding. But I'm very happy the photo was used, and I have a lot of respect for SD Times.

However, over the last year or so, I've noticed that a few others have taken my images and used them in blogs and such without asking and without giving credit. Actually, you don't have to ask since they are licensed for that purpose, but to rip off someone's work as your own isn't very cool, eh? I'll continue shooting images and contributing them via CC because I believe that the vast majority of people appreciate it and are contributing back to the photo commons as well.
Comments:

Hi Jim, The conference you mention is better known under the appellation "RubyKaigi2007". Too bad for the picture, that's the fate of open source work. よろしく, John

Posted by John on July 26, 2007 at 10:35 AM JST #

Hi ... I updated the name. Thanks for the catch! :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on July 26, 2007 at 11:05 AM JST #

Hi Jim, I just heard about this on the photo-commons list. I am glad to hear that you are not personally dissuaded from continuing to license your photos under a CC license. My only advice is to make sure the people who do not attribute understand the license. I know that for you and me it makes sense, since it is actually in the name of the license, but I can see how some people may not even register the words separate from name of that license they keep seeing pop up everywhere.

I am confused by even that, though, since I figured people would always attribute, even under fair use of "all rights reserved" copyright. I see citation of sources as being something integral to an online dialog, but hey, it is happening, and we have to stay vigilant.

If you end up contacting them, I would be interested in knowing how that turns out.

Posted by maiki on July 26, 2007 at 12:29 PM JST #

hey ... yah, I'll follow up and let you know. I think I was simply too casual in my communication. In general, though, I think a professional publication should have as a standard policy of crediting everything they didn't create -- whether they own the rights or are publishing under a license that specifies certain things. I used to work at some print magazines, and they did just that. And it's good policy. And since that experience, even now I always question un-credited photos and artwork. I think it reduces the credibility of the publication. But I'm weird that way. I don't give un-signed editorials any credibility, either. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on July 27, 2007 at 09:50 AM JST #

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