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HenryFinn says

Hi! I am a newbie!

History: - I work with a volunteer project and use a lot of illustrations as this project concerns refugees and thus there is no real common language. We need illustrations. And because many artists gives some illustrations for free, I want to both credit them and endorse and promote their (often) small firms in various ways. - In the beginning I was happy with what I found at different sites, but I begun to wonder why I did not get the names of the original artists, but was told to promote the site itself? To promote an artist is a clear win-win situation. Every reader of my site understands, if asked, that the freelancers and such have a hell of work to do in order to get bread on the table. And those readers that understands that I promote the ‘small guy’ (no offence), endorses me. Because I am very small and insignificant. [Yes. I am an egoist too. ;) ]

- Then, not so many days ago, I found an illustration that looked familiar – for free. (The artist is a member here.) And I also found a site where it was sold. I begun to wonder what kind of illustrations I have on my site? Stolen? What is my moral duty to do? Do I promote ‘sick’ sites with just greedy people? So now I ask you guys what to do?

Not directly “stolen” photos Here in Finland “Big Company X” puts up a contest of ‘photos describing everyday life’ or such and people send them tons of pics. From how many countries I do not know, but the prize is maybe a “Super-Duper Camera”. To put the same contest in many languages gives a lot of response here. [The photographer thinks that the contest is only in his country, but as there are 25 different official languages inside EU alone… You get my drift] The very small text of the rules says that the company that arranged the contest, is now the owner of all pictures or can at least freely use them. That is why there are no names of the photographers. The photos are stolen in “a legal way”.

So, now you understand why I want nowadays promote/credit living persons, not some odd sites. I figure out, that the sites through which you can be in contact with the artist are OK. Like this site. What I really want to stress here, is that the problem with thieves and con-men are not only the problem of those that are stolen from, but also the end-users. What will I say, when some of you guys find me and tells me that I have stolen the picture on page 64? I can’t know what I have done or not done; if I have stolen anything, but scandals sinks big ships and small vessels as well.

Henry

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LiveAtTheBBQ says

First time reading this i thought you where on drugs..

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ToivoMedia says

It made sense to me. I don’t know how you can ensure you source only legit work though, although buying illustrations / photos from GraphicRiver / Photodune is one way! 8-)

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HenryFinn says

First time reading this i thought you where on drugs..

My Finglish is that bad? ;)

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ToivoMedia says

Terve Henry, by the way! I’m familiar with Denglish (German English) but not Finglish. :)

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HenryFinn says

Terve Henry, by the way! I’m familiar with Denglish (German English) but not Finglish. :)

So, Toivo is your first name (I hope). ;)

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ToivoMedia says


Terve Henry, by the way! I’m familiar with Denglish (German English) but not Finglish. :)
So, Toivo is your first name (I hope). ;)

No, I just gave my “company” that name, since I love the Finnish language, and I like that word and the meaning. I can’t actually speak Finnish, I tried to learn but haven’t got very far. I understand a tiny bit of what Viikate and Timo R are singing about, which is something at least. :)

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