Maintaining this blog gives me an idea of the pressure that people who work in the creative industries have on a daily basis. Even for the naturally gifted, it is not everyday that the ideas flow like water from a tap. Some days there’d be momentary gushes, some days it’s a trickle and on some other days nothing would flow.
And now that I’m sick, I’m glad that I don’t work in the arts. Not only is one easily distracted or void of original thought, anything remotely inspiring has no effect whatsoever. I am, for all intents and purposes numb to everything around me.
I don’t laugh, I don’t cry, and I don’t react. All I care about is wanting to get out of this funk and feeling normal in mind and body again.
So I wonder how do the creative types cope when they are in my situation and they got a deadline? Do they steal or plagiarise? Or will they be lazy about it? These are the thoughts that hit me when I first heard on Triple J’s Hack program about the story of Virgin Mobile Australia using flickr photos in an ad campaign of theirs.
Legally they were entitled to use the creative-commons photos and they did provide links to the original flickr pages but ethically, it would have been nice if they had notified the photos’ owners about their use. What also complicates matters is the presence of third-parties (ie. faces of people) in some of the photos, who never consented for their likeness to be used commercially.
You can listen to Hack’s story here:
The stories from the affected people:
- a w a k e : t o : d r e a m » Flickr Users: Change your Creative Commons Licences
- Gillianic Tendencies » Blog Archive » Virgin Mobile Australia and their PR mistake
- Dump Your Pen Friend on Flickr – Photo Sharing!
Bonus: for more stories of people and companies being caught copying and using others’ works without attribution, check out you thought we wouldn’t notice.