Posted by October 28, 2008on
Just today, I discovered that the Bacolod City Masskara Festival Official Website has used my image without my permission. And I am really pissed.
Imagine I had a hard time in obtaining a Media ID for myself and my 2 other guests just to shoot at the plaza. I also have to shell out thousands of pesos for my airfare just to shoot this event.
But what did the Masskara Festival Organizers did (or at least their website administrators)? Just copied my image without my permission and placed it on their website. Simple as it is. No credits, no backlinks.
So what do you call that? Stealing. Period. It IS stealing.
While you are busy campaigning for media, photographers and tourists to visit Bacolod during the Masskara Festival, your Website administrators are also busy copying images available on the Internet for your Festival website. Is this how you get photos from the photographers who have paid airfares and stayed in Bacolod hotels during the Masskara Festival?
Haven?t you lectured them about Intellectual Property Rights and the laws on Copyright Infringement?
If you think that all photos and materials on the Internet are free for taking, think again. Review the Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
I really feel bad that my fellow Ilonggo has done this to me.
See the screenshot from thei official webpage below:
Compare MY photo on the left as it originally appeared here and the enlarged version of the photo from the screenshot. You think its similar? You?d be the judge.
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