I’m sure many of you were aware of the plagiarism ‘scandal’ that hit the US industry headlines (Doug Gordan & Jasmine Star) last year surrounding the written word.
I would have thought most people would have learnt that stealing content or intellectual property is not ok – actually it’s illegal. I have been aware of photographers ‘borrowing’ the odd sentence from my website in the past and I’ve let it go.
But this time I won’t. I actually feel it’s my duty with my role in the industry and a Nikon Ambassador to highlight the issue.
This morning I discovered the content below – if you want to read the original you will find it on my website. She not only plagiarised my wedding wording but also portraiture. Maybe she missed the copyright logo on my website – that relates to all content – words and images. And because I’m actually a good person I won’t name her here.
I’ve written many columns and stood on many stages trying to educate you all about the importance of branding and being unique in a saturated market. When I train photographers I give 110% of my energy and my knowledge and hold nothing back. So it saddens me that someone would do this.
Ironically she recently booked to spend a day training with me and I shall be cancelling her booking. I have no desire to teach someone whose ethics are so at odds with my own.
I rarely ask people to share – but this time I am – for the sake of the industry. Thank you.