Rugby star publicly apologizes to photographer after sharing his photo without permission

Sep 27, 2019

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Rugby star publicly apologizes to photographer after sharing his photo without permission

Sep 27, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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When celebrities get busted for posting someone’s image without permission or credit, they often overreact and take it out on the photographer. But this is not that kind of story, finally. New Zealand Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams recently shared a photo without photographer’s permission or credits. But when he got busted, he publicly apologized and set an example of how one is supposed to act when it happens.

Williams recently shared a photo of himself with his 807k followers, but without crediting the photographer. As it turned out, the photo was taken by Malaysia-based photographer Faiz Azizan, who filed a copyright claim with Instagram. The photo got removed and Williams was notified, and he first reached out to Instagram to ask why it got taken down:

When he found out why Instagram had taken down the photo, Williams did what I believe is the right thing and offered a public apology to Azizan:

“Asalamualiakum brother, please forgive me for the misunderstanding. I was sent the photo that already had your name cropped out, if I’d known before I posted I would’ve tagged you As you captured a beautiful moment. @instagram apologies also

A little bit of Sabr(patience) goes along way.”

After seeing how certain celebrities treat photographers, it’s refreshing to see someone who actually apologizes when they mess up. What’s more, this is something more people should learn how to do, regardless of whether they’re celebrities or not. But I guess that’s topic for another article. : )

[via PetaPixel]

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4 responses to “Rugby star publicly apologizes to photographer after sharing his photo without permission”

  1. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
    Alexandre Ayoubi

    What’s called being a man. Taking responsability when you realize that you f***ed up

  2. Stefan Kohler Avatar
    Stefan Kohler

    Interesting how many people comment with „It‘s you in the Photo, why would you credit the Photographer?“.

    His reaction is really refreshing and different – but should be the „normal“.

    1. Tunes Firwood Avatar
      Tunes Firwood

      Why? What objective (rather than legalistic) basis is there for the idea that a person has no rights to a photo for which the entire value is based on the stature of that person?

      If you take a photo of a piece of art, you don’t own that photo…

    2. Stefan Kohler Avatar
      Stefan Kohler

      Tunes Firwood they do have rights – no matter if person or property ?