Is There a Difference Between Stealing a Photo and Stealing a Car?

It’s an excellent (if, admittedly, ridiculous) question.

If you recall, The Telegraph stole an image from Jonathan Kent a while back and, when caught, said:

Our industry therefore adopts the stance that if a picture has no overwhelming artistic value and if there is no issue of exclusivity (ie it is already being published online or elsewhere) then no reasonable copyright owner will object to its being republished in exchange for a reasonable licence fee. The only alternative to such a stance is not to publish pictures at all unless they come from a commercial library, the available range of which will inevitably be inadequate.

That was from Michael Fearn to Mr. Kent. Well, Mr. Kent has now responded and Petapixel has his reply.

Well worth the read.

Mark E. Johnson

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