On the issue of poached photos. I appreciate the actions of Kristin Murphy in relation to the HEAL poached photos. Probably most photographers don’t really know what rights they have and what to do about it. Bringing these infractions to light on social media sites and generating as much attention to the issue as possible will hopefully at least educate “would be” poachers. I’m not even sure newspapers have the resources and time to chase down every incident of poaching they encounter, or for that matter, are interested in doing so. But if we, as photographers would at least make a phone call or contact poachers we encounter, perhaps eventually the practice will be minimized.
In the photo above, there’s not only a violation of the copyrighted photo of Chris Detrick being used without permission, but having the University of Utah and Brigham Young University brands on a Redrock Brewery also infringes on the intellectual property of the respective colleges since it is being used in a commercial application. Even J.D. Falslev has a case if he decided to seek damages. Can you imagine how quickly BYU’s lawyers would put a stop to their football uniform and helmet being used on a beer ad once they discover this?