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When They Steal Your Photos from the Web

the Internet is not fair game

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Digital photography has made underwater photography available to everyone now, but it certainly makes it harder for professionals to make a living at it. Every day we see hundreds of marvellous underwater pictures turn up on our Facebook news feeds. The sheer volume of material makes it seem free, too. But it isn't free. Not unless the author chooses to make it so.

Tony Wu, an American self-styled photo-naturalist and photographer based in Japan, has spent a lot of time and effort (not to mention money) photographing whales. He was rather dismayed to find that an Austrian diving tour operator, Water World, had used some of his sperm whale pictures on its web site to advertise a forthcoming trip. Water World had done this without his knowledge, prior permission, or compensation....

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