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Watermarks not Welcomed

From: Michael C.
Sent on: Monday, December 3, 2012 11:07 AM

Hi Everyone,

Just a head’s up to all our members, I was recently asked if some of my images could be used for an upcoming Bellevue Arts Museum slideshow presentation on Haute Trash/Trash Fashion, and agreed they could use my images free of charge.  However they also requested I remove my name/watermark from the images.  I agreed to make the mark small, discretely located, and mostly translucent (40% visible), but they wanted it completely removed so as not to be construed as advertising to comply with an interpretation of a BAM policy.

The end result was they chose not to use my images, which I respect, but it was on the basis Now that several photographers have been willing to let us borrow their images watermark-free, we certainly cannot add yours with your watermark”.

The moral of the story is that I feel it is important that artists do what they can to maintain their public relationship to their work whenever possible and appropriate.  In a projected slideshow for which you receive no compensation for the use of your professional images, your discrete watermark should not detract and should be reasonable to leave in place.

In defense of all parties involved in my specific situation, the BAM has certain policies that were interpreted by those entering the images and the BAM was not consulted directly for comment or clarification, those wishing to use the images indicated credit would be given verbally in the presentation and made sure they did not use images without permission, and the Haute Trash program director completely and publicly supported my request to leave the watermark in place, though it was not her call or her presentation in this case.

Just thought I should share…


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