Facebook Image Policy

dinosaur model under construction

A dinosaur model under construction. Photo © www.jr-photos.com

This is an announcement about the amended Facebook image policy because we have to do something about losing the rights to our images.

If you are not on Facebook you can disregard this post.

Here’s the scoop and forgive me if I am too outspoken. I just read the ASMP and APP warning about the new Facebook image policy that you can find here: http://asmp.org/fb-tos#.UjPeubyhCb

It makes me really mad when leveraging social media means that Facebook can sell your images to THEIR clients while THEY get paid for it.

But here is the kicker…

Not just will you get NOTHING – they can hold you legally responsible for not having obtained model and property releases to do so.

How can you explain to your clients that they can’t share their images without risking their kids to be in an ad for some product of some company beats me. Or how are you going to utilize the power of social media and show your work without losing the rights to it?

I got very upset about this situation and searched and found a solution. I believe that you should know about this.

If you work consumer direct and run a your portrait and wedding photography business in the US or Canada I want you to join the conversation that I am about to have on September 26th.


I hope you can join us.

Your PhotoBizCoach,



  1. Rich Collins says:

    This is the second time they have attempted to trample on another's copyrighted images. I will wait until your webinar and then make my decision whether or not to leave FB forever. Thanks so much for giving us the info so quickly.

  2. Any entity on Facebook that is encouraging you to upload your best shots is ether directly, or is working with someone that is in the business of stealing "artistic works". First Facebook strips the meta-data photographic information that your camera and hopefully you as the photographer have added to the image file in effort to trace and prove that you are indeed the photographer and rite-full owner of the image. They say that they are striping your info to protect "Your privacy", but the truth is that a lawyer told them that it made theft not only possible, but minus the meta-data, ownership is almost impossible to prove. And there is a great deal of money to be had when a group of people set forth and tell the public that they can at no charge type/talk and show there friends there thoughts and photographs of there art and photographs, also the photos and art of there children. And since most people have know idea of the information that there photographic devices add to the meta-data, like the GPS location of the shot and if the person that fired the shot holds any knowledge of how to add or subtract from the meta-data they changed the part that says that the device fired and owns, the shot, . . . the only thing that in most cases that was not done by the device. I think that there should be a free, and a group of paid versions of Facebook that cater to the needs of the user. Some way that we might all enjoy the benefits of "social media" with out living in fear of having your life's work stolen by groups of people that said they were doing a truly altruistic endeavor.
    It is my suggestion that if you want to put your work up, and not pay anything, it is highly likely that your work will be stolen. Free never means that you will not pay in some way. But there are things that one can do to limit there theft rate. Here are two ways that one may slightly protect what is theirs. First , so you have found a site that said you do not have to pay to show your work. Then find something that is similar to what you are doing, then start by the hover over the image, and if a download button appears do not give them your image. Also and most importantly right click and if you get a dialogue box and it has a line saying something like "copy image", DO NOT give them your work. I gave you the first and second but if you have not taken the time to learn to add and or subtract from the meta-data you really are not that interested in being a working Artist, or a Photographer of any type. As a photographer in the 1980(s) we put our "signatures" in the work in and around what people could see. Now with the tech of the day we do all the "dark-room" work in a computer. You did not think that just because you have a "camera" you are a photographer. It is in this age of instant everything that one must take it upon oneself to learn the "craft", "Art","Trade" How ever you define your place in the world.
    Even though Facebook has on it's face been very quick and helpful when I have pointed out that because of there stripping of data that I put in my image, by there site my work was stolen. I might point out here that if they had not UN-lawfully striped the data that it might have been my responsibility to track it down. So as they say choose not to show your work in the least expensive way. And you may retain control longer. Since Facebook spends so much advertising a thing that it dose not charge for gives one pause as to why? Where is there pay off? And it is all in the "terms of service", or what ever there wording at the time happens to be. And If you use goggle powered devices and store on goggles cloud you retain even less. In fact if you use the "android" operating system, on a device that offers imaging, or a "camera" then you attempt to move that photo from the device through WiFi to the cloud odds are that by law goggle owns the image since they own the operating system and the storage system. I do not consider hand held devices that are things other than cameras to be cameras of any merit. While the primary issue being that the file compression scheme is robbing you of image clarity. But as long as you never intend to view your images on anything other then the device that generated it or some other electronic media, you are good to go. That and if you think that 8 by 10inches is a large print. We all have different ideas on what quality is as far as art goes. I have at times made good money helping other artists to build/generate reproductions of there work. And the first camera that I repaired was a Yashica twin lens reflex shutter, I was in my early teens. And the first camera that I built was a process camera, designed to generate large photos for large print work, in the early 1990(s). An artist must take care in ways that in the past were things that were taken control of by the galleries, and or the Artists Representative. But as Artist Representing Ourselves we also can boost our cut by taking extra care of and taking charge of where our work appears, and dose not appear. And how difficult we can make it is to steel. The web is like every thing else. You are going to get what you pay for. FREE only means that you do not know what they are going to take.

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