I've never had a photograph stolen (that I know of) but 10 years ago when I was doing a lot of "skinning" for various windows apps I had stuff knocked off left right and centre. It wasn't just copied. The original GFX were taken and, shall we say, repurposed. So I do get it.I have to tell you on the side of enforcement of copyright infringement, way too many people and companies think nothing of stealing images, music, films and ideas and unless you have been the victim of this type of theft, it is hard to understand and feel the depth of the problem
OK, thats different. Deliberate? inexcusable. However, they failed, magnificently. Recreation? YIKES. FAIL!As I understand it they wanted to use the original image but didn't want to pay for it and so deliberately set out to recreate it. It wasn't a case of it happening to be similar.
Yes and no. If you went to San Fransisco and made a red trolly against a monochrome San Fransisco street, you'd probably be ok. If you tried to make something similar in London, you might be in trouble if you tried to make money off of it. Like in my previous post, at least I think, this becomes more of a trademark issue than a copyright issue, especially now that the image is now famous because of the court ruling.If they wanted the same shot, the should have gotten the same shot. My God....did you people SEE the 2 shots? It's like the court ruled that no one else can use an image of a red bus on a black and white London street. If there is an appeal and they want to hire an international photography expert.....I'll need to be flown there and VERY well compensated
In the first case, they aren't trying to sell anything. In the second... I dunno... *is* it older? In any case, they are selling the photograph, not using the photograph to sell something else.In just a 4 minute search, I was able to find these images of red buses in (predominantly) black and white images.
red buses in monochrome images - a gallery on Flickr
Are they all "guilty"? Who did it first?
And I wonder how the photographer who created this shot feels about it.....clearly it is much older....
Red Buses by Big Ben Posters by Janet Gill at AllPosters.com
Excellent point Luke.Well, I read a bit more and I understand the LEGAL arguments. But it is certainly a different matter from common sense. I reckon you could go back to images from the earliest days of the red buses and find similar shots.