Events Organizer Steals Photograph
Take a look at the two images below – the image on the left is clearly the source for the layout on the right, right? Ignore the globe that has replaced the model’s head, as well as the additional “fabric” that replaces her hair – the pose, the guitar, and other details should make it obvious how these two images are related.
Now that we’ve established the source of the image in the poster, let me tell you that neither Alodia Gosiengfiao (the model), nor Tricia Gosingtian (the photographer) knew about the poster until they saw the tarpaulins for the event on major roads in the city. That’s right, neither of them gave their consent for use of the photograph above.
To make matters worse, usage of the image wasn’t limited to the poster you see above. To quote Alodia,
It’s infuriating how many people treat material that’s posted online like it’s free to take. In cases like this, I don’t really know whether the more of the blame falls on the graphic artist hired to produce the materials, or the event organizer that commissioned the work.
It’s sad that such a great event (it’s a celebration of Earth Day, after all) is now marred by this debacle. What the organizers and the graphic artist did is clearly theft. With the cause they’re supporting, and the fact that the admission to the concert is free, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been hard to get permission to use the image. What makes it worse for them, as CNET Asia reports:
CNET Asia isn’t the only site outraged by this. Others have made themselves heard too:
- Online Photo stolen used for Earth Day Jam Poster. » Blogalicious: a philippine photo odyssey
- Concert Producer Steals Filipina Blogger’s Photo | The Mike Abundo Effect
- Concerned Photographer: Stolen Photographs – Digital Photographer Philippines (forum)
- Plagiarized Poster of – Digital Photographer Philippines (forum)
- Musika Central: Earth Day Jam 2008 and The Issue About Its Poster
- Another online photo stolen.. used for earth day jam poser – Philippine Macintosh Users Group (forum)
- Stolen Art: Earth Day Jam 2008 Poster « winterheim|hdd
- Jori’s Entertainment Journal: Stolen Photo used in Earth Day Jam 2008 Poster
• Luis • 23 April 2008 •