It's been a sad and somewhat disturbing reality since the beginning of the internet that piracy is a fact of life. But at the moment I'm not going into the topic of the thieves who feel they're entitled to make more profit by stealing the works of others than the creators of said work can ever hope to earn with it. I won't go into the pernicious online environment that's evolved where theft has become the accepted norm, and anyone who creates anything online (or anything that can be made into a digital file) is expected, in effect, to work for free. And people don't feel the producers are justified in their ou
I just had to report another photomanipulator for using one of my copyrighted images. Attention jerkwads: You don't have permission to use my works. You never will. Read Deviant Art's copyright policy http://about.deviantart.com/policy/copyright/ You're violating it.
Aside from the copyright issues, my main problem with photomanipulators is they're creating their crap without consent. They don't have my permission as the copyright holder, or the permission of my model, or the permission of the celebrity, or the permission of the photographer who took the celebrity's photo. When I shoot a model I'm required by law to maintain releases
I promise I'll try to be less cranky and more organized, write more than one journal entry per year and I'll make an attempt to get caught up with all those notes, comments and correspondence. If you've been waiting for a reply about anything, my apologies for the delay. I usually try to write replies that have some thought... unless I'm bitch-slapping some scumbag thief, in which case I'll shoot from the hip.
By the way, I'd like to thank the good folks at Deviant Art for their quick response on those occasions when someone has rippd me off. If they responded a little faster when I reported those stealing from my friends they'd be just f