Having noticed that my stolen photo was removed from the online edition of the current Dairy Goat Journal, I called Dave Belanger, head of Countryside Publications, which publishes Dairy Goat Journal, Backyard Poultry, Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and sheep! Magazine. Speaking with Mr. Belanger (who made no apology to me), I told him that part of my requirement for credit for the photo was that the photo must remain in the online edition, with a credit to me including my name and my website link, because the online edition is the only link to the print edition of the November/December Dairy Goat Journal, which is already published and in circulation without a credit to me.
Dave Belanger said, “Your requirement? Goodbye, Suzanne.” And he hung up on me.
OPEN LETTER TO DAVE BELANGER
Dear Mr. Belanger,
Had you asked to use my photo in your magazine, I would have gladly donated it for no other cost than my credit and a link to my website. However, you didn’t ask. You stole.
My charge for this photo now is an industry standard $350, per use (print and internet), tripled, per reasonable industry practice, as an up-charge for the unauthorized, uncredited use, bringing the charge to $1050 per use (print and internet). That is a total of $2100.
I also require a statement in the editor’s column of the next Dairy Goat Journal including an apology, a credit to me for the photo, my name, and my website address. (In the January/February 2011 edition, if possible. If not possible due to publication deadlines, no later than the March/April 2011 edition.) The photo must also be permanently reinstated in the online edition with the credit of my name and my website address (with link).
P.S. I will email my address to email@example.com so you can put the check in the mail. If I don’t receive the check within 7 days, you will hear from my attorney. Thanks!
For those of you who may have missed what’s going on, please read my post here. My photo was published without my knowledge or consent in both the print and internet publication of the November/December 2010 Dairy Goat Journal, which is published by Countryside Publications. (They have now taken it down from the online edition.)
Dairy Goat Journal photo:
Please make anyone you know who subscribes to Countryside Publications aware of this situation. I have no idea whether or not other stolen photographs appear in their magazines, but based on my experience, I wouldn’t be surprised. Spread the word! Please share this post on your Facebooks and Twitters and any other way you have available to you. When a publisher of four magazines dismisses a photographer after stealing their photo, I have to fight, not just for me but for everyone else who has ever had their work stolen. Please help me fight them.
THANK YOU to those of you who contacted Dairy Goat Journal with your feelings about internet theft. If you haven’t contacted Dairy Goat Journal, please contact them.
The editorial email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call Countryside Publications toll-free at (800) 551-5691 and leave a message for Dave Belanger.
P.S. The “Love, Suzanne” in the above letter is intended for a little humor amidst the drama.