This story exploded over the photography blogosphere and I am not really sure if this is a sad or a funny story anymore.
Apparently, photographer jwarstyle tried to get an easy pass into the wedding photography industry. He did so by picking up a few awesome wedding photos from Terralogical, Daniel Kudish and a few winners of Fearless Awards and displaying them as his own in a gallery that he took down.
Apparently Jay (who is writing on the jwarstyle) thinks there is no harm in using other people photos. His most entertaining response tweet is:
Which could have summed it up, but going to the company blog, he has a post titled Bad advertisment is also good advertisement (screencap here) which shows that Jay thinks that he made quite a sweet deal:
The blog opens up with the following statement: “so before the comments role in I wanted to give the basic run down, in short and simple I effed and damn the speed bad news travel fast online, I totally underestimated the power of twitter, Lets get straight to the great news- 1300 page views woot woot!!!! so far so good high five everyone!!!!“
He also explains the motives behind it: “I wanted to get is gigs/jobs/work….nothing personal, if there’s a shortcut, i’ll take it“
And his plan out: “Reputation or no reputation, the “you’ll never work in this town again” speech is played out. Nothing a $12 domain change can’t fix.”
Over the last few months we have seen several photographers borrow content from others, be it pictures or words, and I think that as a community we can definitely do better.
[Jwarstyle via Stop Stealing Photos]