Gonna cut right to the chase here, folks. Forbes, the financial magazines and website, used two photographs of mine in this ridiculous listicle "The 13 Best Craft Beers in America" by Karla Alindahao.
Screen capture of their website:
And here's the same photograph that's been sitting on my website for just about three years now. Notice any similarities?
And here's another:
And my original:
I thought my photos on their site might've just been embedded from my site, but if you right-click on either of them you'll see that the photos have been uploaded to Forbes.com:
flattered that a company like Forbes would consider my photos good
enough to use among their content. I'm not a professional shutterbug, so
it's odd they'd use amateur material like mine. In fact, if you do a Google image search
for Maine Beer Lunch you'll see some pictures that look way more
professional than mine. Though looking through the listicle, the photos
range in quality from very obviously professional to
Forbes uses the photos and graphics they do to make their content more
appealing and nice to look at. Good content = more traffic = more ad
revenue. They're an online magazine, so they make money off clicks (I do
too, but it's mostly a pittance). So if my photos are helping them to
generate revenue, aren't I entitled to a cut of that?
The irony is, if Forbes had just asked
if they could use my photos I probably would've said yes (on the
condition they credit me, of course). And I'm not accusing them of theft
since they don't seem to be outright claiming these photos are their
original content, and also because it's impossible to steal intellectual
property, anyway. They just used it inappropriately.
over this listicle, it appears they didn't credit any of the
photographs. That's just unprofessional editorial direction. I don't
entirely blame the writer Kayla Alindahao, either. I messaged her on
Twitter and she seem shocked to find out that this had happened. She is
bringing this to the attention of her editors, so hopefully they'll
contact me soon. In the meantime, I can't help but wonder if how many of
the other photos in this listicle were pilfered without permission and
if their creators are looking for credit.
to those of you who actually read this listicle - I agree, it is an
absurd list since the majority of the entries are from Vermont and the
New England states. Lost Nation Gose #1?! You gotta be kidding me.
Forbes has responded:
have looked into the situation and it appears that the photos in
question were used in Karla Alindahao's craft beer story by mistake.
(She was not responsible for their use.) As soon as you made us aware of
the error, the photos were removed.
I am very sorry for the error and appreciate that you brought it to our attention.
If you have any more questions or concerns about this please feel free to contact me. I will be back in the office next week.
Uh huh. "By mistake," right.
do pictures just get magically uploaded to a website without any
editorial oversight whatsoever? I guess Harry, Ron and Hermione are of
drinking age now and this was their idea of a prank.