It came to my attention this morning that a holiday resort that we stayed at last year had taken a photograph from my blog, of William and my niece and nephew, and used it on their own website for promotional purposes.
They also posted the photograph on Facebook along with a link to the article.
I have absolutely no problem with them linking from their website to my blog post (I’d tagged it with the name of the resort, so it was freely available to be seen by anybody doing the most rudimentary internet search), but to just take and use my photograph without asking really made me cross (even more so because the photo was of the children). If they’d contacted me in advance and asked, I’d probably have agreed that they could use it on their website, but certainly not on Facebook.
Luckily, it was brought to my attention pretty quickly, and the resort took down the photographs and apologized, after I pointed out to them it wasn’t theirs to use. However, I know this isn’t the first time they’ve done exactly that, because they did the same to my sister-in-law a few months ago. How many more people are having their personal photos effectively stolen and used for financial gain by this organization?
I’m not naïve enough to imagine that when you put photos on the internet, they are not freely available for anybody to take and do what they wish with, but such a blatant disregard for personal privacy without even thinking asking if it’s OK really annoyed me.
Has anybody else had a similar experience? Would you be cross if the same happened to you? Would be interested in other bloggers’ takes on this.