The Adminstrator has spoken on this one so there's not much more to say!
Sure there is. It's called "collaberation" and "user feedback." I am sure Johan would love to hear the photographer's viewpoint. Our viewpoint IS
important isn't it?
I suspect that legal representation of that nature doesn't come cheap
As I said in my previous post, perhaps this would make an excellent undergraduate project for a young, hungry law student looking for experience in copyright law. Then again... chances are a pursuit of a violation wouldn't get to the point of legal action in the majority of cases. You'd be amazed what a cease-and-desist order on an esquire's letterhead will do. Besides, I believe a firmly worded letter (yes... PAPER!) or e-mail (yes... NO PAPER!) from A.net would make a huge difference compared to doing nothing. Like I've said before, not only are image-lifters in violation of copyright, but in violation of this site's Terms of Service. The legal precedents must exist.
There are currently 10 database editors, 1 programmer, 1 article editor, 18 photo screeners, 12 forum moderators and even a marketing guy, but A.net can't find ONE person who'd be willing to help us defend our copyrights here? Put out a message in the forums. There are plenty of lawyers in the forums.
but if William wants to start a legal fighting fund to which ALL photographers contribute on a regular basis, I'm sure we could set something up for ourselves
It's really not about money. It's about resourcefulness. Finding the right people and creating the right kind of relationships (as in pro bono legal advice) is essential and potentially beneficial to everyone.
Ancient Chinese Proverb.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
No need to shy away from a solution with many benefits just because it requires hard work.