Update: I emailed the folks at Consumerist, and Ben promptly added a photo credit to the page. Thanks, guys!
Saw a story come across Consumerist today, about how long your Verizon Fios connectivity would last under battery power if your power goes out, and I saw an image that looked familiar:
“Hmm,” I say to myself. “That looks just like the one of the photos that I took of my Fios installation.” So I dove into my archives, and sure enough, it is:
They cropped it a little, but http://consumerist.com/assets/resources/2007/01/verizonfiosbackup.jpg is definitely the same image as http://farm1.static.flickr.com/40/87167480_7fa6199f41.jpg.
I originally posted the image under my default Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license, just like all of my other photos on Flickr, but I don’t see any attribution anywhere in the Consumerist post. And I don’t know if posting it on their site, which has ads, constitutes a violation of the “no commercial use” clause of the CC license.
I posted a comment on the story at Consumerist:
Hey! You guys stole this photo, which belongs to me:
You posted it without attribution (thus violating the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license it’s posted under). You guys now officially owe me one meeelion dollars. I take PayPal. Or just add some attribution, to be compliant.
I’m ticked off that a site that’s supposed to be all about protecting consumers’ rights stole one of my photos so blatantly. Bad form, guys.
This one is easy to make right, and we’ll all be happy.