Consumerist Lack of Photo Credit

After a night of throwing up thanks to food poisoning, I see this comment on one of my flickr images:

… it’s also on this website: The Consumerist

Note that the Editor of that site has stated:

"Credit is more [trouble] than its worth because then we would have to deal with people bitching all day that we didn’t spell their name correctly, or they want their name and not their Flickr ID and so on and so forth… when my time is better spent looking for the next post to write. The next post that will save you time or money, or reveal some corporate skulduggery or whatnot. What is the greater good? To use the best photo possible to illustrate the post and move on!"

For more info, see this help topic

When I first went to the page on Consumerist the photo didn’t link to anything at all. It now links to my flickr page, which is better, but not what I want. I have emailed several people over at Consumerist and have yet to hear back from them, hopefully they will just add the photo credit I am asking for: Photo by Dave Bullock.

From what their editor posted on some other flickr photos I am guessing that they are not going to do this. My CC license specifically states that you are free to share and remix my images with the following caveat: “You may not use this work for commercial purposes.” The problem here is that Consumerist is most certainly a commercial entity and they have not asked me permission to use the photo, which I would give them for the low low cost of a photo credit and link to my website. You can read more about the situation on this flickr thread, where a flickr staff member has gotten involved.

You can also digg the actual flickr help topic here. LAist had a similar problem with another Gawker property yesterday.

Update Looks like they have posted a public apology and promised to credit photos properly. Cool deal.

Update 2 My properly formatted photo credit is now up.

5 Replies to “Consumerist Lack of Photo Credit”

  1. This has been a real peeve of mine. I’ve had several of my Flickr photos used in blogs (large and small) without my permission. While I don’t think Consumerist has ever used one of mine, it’s good to know they’ve seen the supreme error of their ways.

  2. I believe the preferred procedure, if commercial entities don’t comply with your CC license, is to file a copyright infringment claim. You can probably collect treble damages on your professional rate per infringement in an open-and-shut case – especially if a publisher is flagrantly ignoring your copyright and/or acknowledging a general policy of infringement.

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