Yet Another Photography Scam

image of a pile of triangluar warning signs saying "Fraud Alert." Image by Gerd Altmann, Pixabay License.
Image by Gerd Altmann, Pixabay License

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

It seems like we barely digest one type of fraud aimed at photographers when another arises. Earlier this week, I wrote about a travel guide scam and, within days, there comes another story about some scoundrels trying to scam photographers by pretending to be well-known professionals looking to hire freelancers. Here are the details

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Viral Images and Photographer Licensing

Story by Sean Fitzgerald, NANPA Past President

A  Manatee Image Goes Viral

An interesting article in PetaPixel raises a whole host of troublesome issues for the modern photographer. https://petapixel.com/2017/09/13/shot-hurricane-irma-photo-went-viral-wasnt-paid-dime/ Michael Sechler, a self-professed “photography enthusiast”, shot a very fine image of a manatee beached out of the water by the tidal surge from Hurricane Irma.

He posted it to Facebook, the image went viral, and then the real fun started. Fox News called. The Associated Press called. Everyone wanted to use the image in news stories, but they all wanted it for free.

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