Wandering through a local newsagency in early March, I noticed the latest issue of Tasmanian Style magazine, issue 10 to be exact, which is still listed on their website.
On the front cover of issue 10 was a list of the features. The feature that caught my eye was the Dancesport Tas article. I had a look at the magazine, which I actually purchased, and had a look at the Dancesport feature where I counted 10 images that I had taken. I read through the feature and the magazine and no-where could I find that I was acknowledged as the photographer of those images.
I should make it clear that at no point was I commissioned to take the photos at the Dancesport Tas event and therefore I am the copyright holder. I was not asked or approached for permission to use my Dancesport images in the Tasmanian Style magazine and was totally unaware that they were to be used.
Not only was I surprised to see my work used in Tasmanian Style in this way but I was also quite disappointed that this could happen especially here in Australia where copyright law is quite clear.
I wrote an email to the Editor of Tasmanian Style magazine, on the 6th March requesting some details of the copyright infringement however I have not even had the courtesy of a reply. I would also point out that this is not the first time I have had trouble with this magazine. On a previous occasion, I was commissioned to take some photos over a period of about 3 days several years ago and was never paid for any of my work despite the magazine using some of my images.
I would be quite within my rights to seek payment for the images used in the Dancesport feature as the magazine has no rights to use any images without the written permission from the copyright holder, which in this case is me, however, it probably isn’t worth the expense and effort to do so. I should note that I probably would have given permission to publish the images if I was at least asked permission and acknowledged as the photographer.
I would caution anyone who is providing any content to this magazine.
The offending images are below and thousands more Dancesport Tas images can be found in the Event galleries.
Updated 9th Jan, 2015 – Looks like the magazine has now closed down which is a shame but perhaps not surprising.