Every once in a while I check Google for my name and see what come up. I browse through multiple pages and click links that I’ve not seen posted before. Friday, I ran across a class taught at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center using one of my images for advertising a class. Wow, I have to admit I was shocked to see use of my work in this manner. Ok, a little background: this image is being pinned all over Pinterest along with other book creations I’ve made. Bookmaking is not a full time job, but something I like to do every once in a while. I created a tutorial because I had received a nice request from someone in the UK. The end book was photographed in my studio but I FAILED to place a © on the image. My studio name is on the photo along with the year. The class listing did note my name under the photo, but failed to spell it correctly. They at least gave a nod of credit my direction yet I have absolutely no connection to this organization.
Here’s my question to you:
Do you think it’s ethical for an arts organization to use images pulled from the web without even attempting to contact the artist who created the work?
Why wouldn’t the artist teaching the class provide a good image of their work?