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. : )