UPDATE: In only a few hours tonight I have discovered over 20 female bloggers who have all been targetted in the same way by this man. Many of their experiences are online and linked to from the comment section. With group knowledge I discover this guy is a lot worse than I had had ever imagined – it really upsets me to see how his copyright trolling has effected many others to the extent some closed their site and never blogged again! Collectively we’re launching a site tomorrow to help others online he may target / be in contact with by sharing experiences and offering advice. Strength in numbers. The site will also offer best practise advise for blogging / credits etc…
I have been writing this blog for four years now, and whilst I am not always perfect in my writing and accreditation (& especially my spelling) I try my best. Therefore I was shocked (& yes upset) to recive a letter from German photographer Stefan Richter today, informing me a blog post I wrote on Walter Potter a few years ago now is costing me £1500, and I have 2 weeks to pay or I have to go to court and pay his legal costs. A bit heavy handed to say the least considering I make no money from this blog and do it simply for a love of creativity.
To make it worse this is from a photographer NOT the artist whose work I featured – yes someone who commercially benefits from taking pictures of another (sadly deceased) artists work such as Walter Potter. I totally respect the work of photographers, and their copyright, but in this case feel that fact makes him more of a dick and am FURIOUS. It also means Walter Potter’s estate will also miss out all online traction for his work if this is happening to all bloggers.
Never one to take things lying down (leave it) I have scanned in the various correspondence I got through the post today below for everyone to review; I think this ridiculous man’s over aggressive behaviour could serve a purpose by stimulating an interesting debate on this topic so let’s go for it eh?! As he clearly feels in the right I am sure he will make no objection to me posting them. I might hasten to add when I found these images on another site (I wont grass them up) where there was no photographer reference. Needless to say I don’t feel his behaviour is right – a short email (my details are on the blog for this exact reason) would have been suffice.
Hit the comments PLEASE people (feel free to share / RT)!!! I am really interested to see what everyone feels this means for the future of blogging… Luckily I am old enough & ugly enough to let it wash over me but I can imagine this would really upset some people and they would become too scared to blog which can not be allowed to happen 😦
That said, only I could get sued over some taxidermy kittens dressed up to go to a wedding.