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Send them a bill!

Anton Sheker emails and points to a blatant copyright violation by a major news daily (guess which one). Read more about his story here “Major Daily Violates Photographer’s Copyright and Intellectual Property“.

See two photos after the jump, and decide for yourself.


Manila Bulletin
Photos used in the publication, dated March 21, 2007

Original photos taken by Anton
Anton Shekker

My advise — send them a bill. Best way to teach violators a lesson is by punching a hole in their pockets.

Next question is — how much are the standard rates for each photo when used in print?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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28 Responses

  1. jamie says:

    hehe no need to guess. the email on the newspaper is a giveaway. that’s some serious copyright violation, especially when the plate number on the kalesa was erased.

  2. JohnLloy says:

    tsk. kasuhan nayang Mb nayan.

  3. Anton says:

    Hi Abe!

    Thanks for the support.

    ill have to find out who is in charge.. then bill them accordingly..

  4. chinesemafia says:

    I hate it when people don’t respond. I have experienced this countless of times specially when I use the Contact Us page on websites. From banks to telcos to other major businesses. Better get a face to face meeting.

  5. Eugene says:

    Oh? Will sending them a bill be effective? Cause I should probably be sending bills as well to a magazine, two television stations, and a newspaper.

  6. anton says:

    sounds like a good time to get together and pool all of our complaints…
    connie also wrote on my blog about someone manila bulletin also getting her recipes..

    we can all course or channel our complaints to a single venue so we can all be heard..

    abe? what you think?

  7. jher says:

    I’m surprised at MB. Ajay works there right? Why is she even part of this publication when it obviously disregards the intellectual property rights of people especially bloggers? Shame.

  8. BrianB says:

    I am aghast that you did not complain immediately. When you delay give them power you know.

  9. BrianB says:

    when you delay you give them power, I mean. But compensate by escalating. Class action will be more effective but individual suits more lucrative.

  10. Jaypee says:

    Yeah, he should send them a bill so that they’ll think twice before they use someone else’s photos next time.

    Btw, that newspaper is Manila Bulletin right?

  11. anton says:

    delay or no delay there has been a copyright infringement.. a violation of my intellectual property rights…

  12. noemi says:

    Legal suits are expensive. But try billing. A leading newspaper said they would pay me 400 to 600 pesos for my amateur photo. haha. So I am not sure what their rates are for pros.

  13. Dexter says:

    Try billing them and If they disagree.. I think there will be a need for a blogger brigade..

  14. Kiven says:

    hmmm interesting

  15. ajay says:

    Tsk, tsk. In fairness, it’s not MB alone who’s been caught flatfooted with this. It’s time media outfits assign an officer to check facts and copyright issues. IT’S TIME ALSO THAT PRs and PUBLICISTS STOP SENDING PRESS RELEASES TO NEWSPAPERS THAT WERE TAKEN FROM BLOGS!!! I highly suspected this with Marketmanila’s plagiarized recipe for bulalo.On the other hand, it is easy for responsible editors and their staff to verify titles, keywords and pictures by Googling them. I was a regular of MB for five years and I don’t know this Max Ballesteros .. I am 101% sure he’s not on the regular roster of reporters.

  16. Aiza says:

    Ayay! This is major.

  17. matt says:

    When I saw what paper did this, I was not surprised. They only sell due to their classfied ads, no more no less, many thanks to being government puppies.

  18. ajay says:

    correction: I think the recipe for bulalo was from Connie Veneracion.

  19. joseph says:

    how much? Inquirer gives up to 400 per photo.

  20. ernesto says:

    Yeah go sue them I know what newspaper is that hahaha

    I am planning to make my blog to photoblog on May 16, 2006 after my 34 weeks of preparations watch out for that!!!

  21. Luis says:

    Since they didn’t even bother to ask for permission, don’t go for the standard rate.

    Instead, go to a stock photo site and get the rate for downloading a similarly sized image. Find the lowest rate you can find if you’re feeling generous – that will probably be a dollar or so.

    Once you have that rate, multiply it by the claimed circulation of the broadsheet. That’s what you bill them.

    That’s the added fee for not asking for permission.

    Oh, you can also check out this PopPhoto Flash article on defending your copyright.

  22. BrianB says:

    Well, I thought you wanted a public apology. Class action is the answer.

  23. feist says:

    just one question…
    how come even after he complained, he still came out in manila bulletin’s picture perfect as their featured photograher??

  24. anton says:


    I answered your post on my blog.. here it is again..


    Travel and Tourism is different from the Picture Perfect Section… they operate independently.. my feature has nothing to do with my complaint …

    it was during the interview when i raised my copyright concerns.. and i was told at that time that the travel and tourism section was reorganizing…

  25. We have setup http://www.copyright.ph for those people that need to get their story out and need protection from copyright violators that infringe on our basic rights..

    Help us build the site by adding your stories to the list so we can educate and get our stories out and hopefully put a stop to all these copyright infringment.


    Thanks for your input on the copyright issue!

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