Stolen pictures on lomography.com

Screenshot of my stolen pictures on lomography.com

We interupt the Jordan series of blog posts because of yet another copyright infringement of my photos.
This time the international hipster camera company lomography.com are the ones who think copyright law doesn’t apply to them.

lomography.com used 5 of my pictures in their magazine without my permission.
I sent them an invoice and an email explaining that their use was theft.

A few Twitter RT’s from some of my more well connected friends later………

They took the page down and the chief of the online magazine emailed to say “I apologize for any unintentional inconvenience” and tried to shut me up with the offer of an interview in the magazine that had just stolen my pictures.
What is it about these people that makes them think I will be so excited to be featured in their ridiculous hipster magazine that is going to make me forget about their law breaking?
No offer of payment was made.

Theft is theft.

The fact that a large international company that markets itself as a cool, hipster camera and film company thinks its ok to steal copyrighted works disgusts me.

The law is perfectly clear.

Lomography.com you stole my pictures in breach of copyright law.

Now pay me – or at very least compensate me for the infringement.

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  • Jon

    presumably the worst of this is their slanderous cataloguing of you under ‘analogue lifestyle’?

    there really needs to be an online small claims court for the little guy. the big copyright holders are having all the fun billing people for music at rates that value the music industry at more than world GDP, why can’t individual photographers get in on that?!

    and, good for you for bothering to track all this stuff down. if we all did it might make a difference.

  • Yes. Accusing me of being one of those hipsters did smart a little, it wasn’t the worst of it as having my work stolen yet again and this time by a camera company is way more offensive.

    “Oh it was editorial we don’t have to pay” as a reponce is pretty insulting too, not to mention not strictly legal.

    Online small claims court? what a genius idea! someone is going to make A LOT of money if they build that site

  • Ryan Young

    Yeah, let’s sue the people who are doing nothing but freely advertising your work.

    To think you actually think this is stealing “disgusts” me, as you say.

  • Ryan, you are SO right. Lomography did this out of the kindness of their hearts as a special present to me to promote my work. They didn’t ask me because they wanted it to be a surprise.
    They clearly make no money from their site or huge international business and I have got this all wrong.
    How could I have been so foolish as to ask for my rights under international law.

    #sarcasm

  • Mr Young’s silly sacasm is annoying especially as he seems to condone unethical and unlawful behaviour by a multi-national corporate.

    I also had my (digital!) photos ripped off and published by Lomographische AG (Lomography) on their web magazine. When I complained, they offered an apology (which they never published), and later ofered Eur500 of Lomography equipment. Later still they seemed to accept my suggestion to donate money to a charity that I support but have now gone strangely silent on this.

    My photos were clearly marked copyright, and I intensly dislike the idea of corporates using my photographs for commercial purposes especially given some of my subject matter.