Category Archives: Navel-Gazing

In Which I Cross All Limits To Acceptable Human Law

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Enforcing copyright is normally a great deal of unwanted drudgery and web forms, but now and again a feisty infringer breaks the tedium by responding to a standard notice with an enlightening salvo of insults. Meet Zornitza, who runs a website called Our Breathing Planet. I sent the above takedown notice to her host on discovering one of my field ant images, misidentified, in a blog post as an Argentine ant. It was the second time I’d found their organization using my work without permission or credit. Our correspondence is pasted below.

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Sorry Guys: No More Free Images for Scientific Papers

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Dear scientists,

Owing to a series of recent incidents where my photographs have been used in technical papers without my consent, without credit, and released under Creative Commons licenses, I am sorry to announce I am ending my policy of free use of photographs for scientific papers.

Future use of my work will require a paid licensing agreement, the same as for most professional uses of copyrighted content. There are two exceptions. First, if I have photographed captive animals in your laboratory, those laboratories are allowed use of the associated images without additional permission, as long as those uses don’t involve releasing the images under a Creative Commons license. Second, use of the photographs as primary data should be considered fair use and is allowable.

Use of my images in presentations and classroom lectures is still allowable if credit is given, but please be aware that uploads of presentation slides to the internet requires a photo credit be given next to the image to prevent the appearance of being orphaned.

I regret having to tighten my policy, but my photo business has been my primary source of income for the past few years, and I cannot continue to afford producing and hosting natural history images for the myrmecological community to use if my guidelines are routinely sidestepped.

Thanks for understanding,

Alex

Photographs at Alexanderwild.com are now geotagged

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Want to know the precise coordinates of natural history photos at my gallery site? Thanks to recent improvements at my web host, Smugmug, if the photographs have geography metadata you may now click on a globe icon in the nav bar to view a zoomable map:

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Not all photographs are geotagged yet- bear with me as I work through them. This welcome improvement should add considerable information value to the site, though.