Talented professional photographers put many hours and a lot of effort into trying to get a photograph that they’re truly happy with. So they really do work for their photographs.
Sadly, some people don’t seem to realize that professional photographers don’t simply point and click once and end up with the perfect picture. This means that these people are quite willing to use other people’s photographs without giving them any credit or paying for use of the picture. And this happens all too often.
Unfortunately, Melina McGrew McConnaughy, a professional photographer based in Brooklyn, found herself in this situation. A Dublin-based cafe called The White Moose Café used one of her photographs in a post which they put online. But they used the photograph without McConnaughy’s knowledge or permission. When she found out that they’d used her photograph, she sent them a private message asking them to remove it from their post. The cafe’s response was staggering…
The Brooklyn-based photographer sent the cafe a private message on Facebook, explaining that the photo is copyrighted and asking that it be removed from the post:
Instead of deleting the photo and post (which has gotten over 3,900 Likes on Facebook), White Moose Café today published McConnaughy’s message and a public response to her request:
While the new post has been popular with the cafe’s fans, most of the top comments are from people supporting McConnaughy:
McConnaughy has answered with a review on the cafe’s Yelp page:
White Moose Café has posted another post in response to another message it has received from someone else regarding copyrighted photos:
Paulie from The White Moose Café responded to McConnaughy in a public post that was insulting and sarcastic. He claimed that he believed that any image he found on Google was free to use and that McConnaughy must have lost thousands of dollars because The White Moose Café used her photograph without paying for it.
He told her that The White Moose Café would not remove the photograph or pay to use it. He said that they would rather just credit her in their original post, which they did in a rather sarcastic manner.
Do you think either McConnaughy or Paulie from The White Moose Café is in the right in this situation?