I was browsing through an aviation magazine at the airport when a picture stroke my eyes. It was very similar to one of my A.net pictures. After bringing the magazine home (and yes, I paid for it), I was able to make a positive match : the picture is indeed mine. (alignments of some details show a perfect match between both pictures).
Now, the issue should be quite straightforward : send an email with an invoice to the the magazine, but it appears that personally, the matter is a bit more delicate.
It happens indeed that I know personally the person who wrote the article. As a matter of fact, she had offered me a ride in her aircraft that day, and the aforementioned picture was taken during this flight. Frankly, had she asked me for unlimited rights to this picture, I would have given them freely as a thanks to the flight. And in the back of my mind, I really believe she retrieved the picture from her archives (I emailed them the picture in question a few days after the flight), without remembering the picture was mine.
Moreover, the world of GA
in France is quite a closed one, and I happen to personally know a few staff members of this magazine, including the Chief Editor, and find it quite difficult to rant at them, let alone, invoice them (especially when I am convinced they did not know they did not own the rights for the picture).
Actually, my biggest grief is to have my picture published without my knowledge (I had to buy a magazine to find it by chance), and especially not having my name credited alongside it (the header of the article says “Photographies : DR”, which I assume means “Photographies : reserved rights”)
So guys, I am dropping that burden on you more experienced than me : what should I do ?