Facebook Rights Grab

I am an avid photographer and love nothing more than to share my images with my friends and family. I am also, however, a photographer that sells fine art prints. As such, I do not want the images that I am expected to help fund my hobby to be used or sold without receiving compensation for their usage. (to the point where I have retained a copyright lawyer to file for un-licensed usage in several different cases).

So you can imagine my disappointment that Facebook is on another rights grab from digital media. According to the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP), a recent change to the Facebook terms of service allows the social network to “exploit your name, likeness, content, images, private information and personal brand by using it in advertising and in commercial and sponsored content – without any compensation”.  Popular Photography explains it better here.

This is too far reaching for me to ignore and until Facebook retracts from this precipice, I will no longer be posting my photos on Facebook and will instead use them on my long forgotten blog.  (ie. Here)

So, with that in mind, here is todays photo.  I took this the other evening at the dog park while watching Chance play with other dogs. I looked up just in time to catch this with a single click.  I have titled this “Into the Fire” and it reminded me very much of the movie Independence Day.



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