Help! I've been framed!
December 5, 2011 3:26 AM Subscribe
Apparently a photo frame company is using a picture of me (taken by my photographer friend) as the sample image in their photo frames. And while I'm totally flattered... this isn't legal, right?
posted by lovedbymarylane to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Back in 2008, a friend of mine who is a photographer took a picture of me backstage at a show I was doing. He was building up his portfolio at the time and took loads of shots of all our friends, but this one came out particularly well and I believe it was featured on his photography website for a while.
Cut to today when another friend of mine was out shopping and saw a photo frame featuring that same image as the 'sample' image, the one you take out and replace with your own photo after you buy the frame. She messaged me tonight to let me know, and I was chuffed by the novelty of it all, but also confused, because the photo hasn't ever been licensed (to my knowledge).
I've just notified my photographer friend and he hasn't responded yet. However, despite us living in different cities now we're still very close, and talk pretty frequently, and I'd be very surprised if he'd sold the image without letting me know. I'm pretty sure it was stolen off the web by the photo frame company. This isn't the first time he's had an image stolen - a few years back a Malaysian news website used a different image of his without asking, and he ended up getting a few hundred dollars after emailing them. He doesn't use watermarks, by the way.
So... what do we do? Is my photographer friend entitled to some kind of fee? Am I? And even if we are entitled to a fee, what's the likelihood of getting it off (what I assume from context is) a small company that makes cheap photo frames? We live in Australia, by the way. I don't know the name of the photo frame company (my friend didn't pick up a frame, but says she will next time she goes by that shop). All I know is that it's from a cheap little store somewhere in Melbourne.