A while ago an important Marine Nature Reserve (for whom I have a great deal of respect) suggested I may wish to enter some images in their annual competition. Somewhat flattered, I sent a few low - res examples which I had shot in the reserve the previous year. Blimey! I won... Best in animal category and overall winner. Subsequently, my and other entrant's images made quite a splash in the BBC and in two page spreads in the national daily newspapers. Plagerised or syndicated images have cropped up in strange places like Nigeria, albeit, very well reported.
Setting aside the commercial implications, I felt that bringing the quality and diversity of the marine life in the UK before, frankly, millions of the public was a more valuable motive that a pocket full of shekles.
Now other parties have jumped on the bandwagon with the expectation of getting something for nothing. A significant commercial publisher of nature books wishes to include my images in a new publication and for the princely fee of "a credit"...
I have taken the view that they may use my images for the sole purpose of inclusion in a specific publication and only on condition that they make a donation to the Marine Nature Reserve commensuratate with their commercial value. Copyright is to remain with me.
I'm comfortable with this concept but I'd be very gratefull to learn of any caveats or comments from follow Wetpixeler's.
Edited by Timmoranuk, 07 July 2010 - 02:35 AM.