I was researching something for a future column today and I went looking for a RFP regarding Kinsmen Park. As I opened the PDF, I was impressed with the photo that made up the front cover of it.
The reason I was impressed with the photograph is that it has been a long time favorite photo…. ever since I took it back in 2003.
The photo is licenced under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. The last time I checked, a RFP for the City of Saskatoon is a commercial endeavour and there was no attribution. Some of the other photos used in the RFP were flat out copyrighted.
Now if I had been asked, I would have given the City permission. I get between 30 and 50 requests to use my photos a year from everyone from the British Columbia government, a band in Japan, the Department of National Defense, to the Government of Canada’s Tourism Commission and I say yes to all of them. Today I don’t feel so charitable, especially when I when I see that the RFP was actually sponsored and paid for by PotashCorp and apparently subsidized by a stolen image of mine.