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.