My stuff isn't free

Why do some of my friends and contacts[1. Especially from Flickr] swipe my photos without asking or giving credit? Everyone who has gone through high school have written essays requiring citation of their sources.

The same applies with photos. Furthermore, according to Section 1202 of the U.S. Copyright Act[2. via Photo Attorney], cropping or cloning out watermarks is illegal.

My Flickr profile only says: “No use without permission.”

I don’t like embedding watermarks in my whole photos. Now I understand why some photographers do that and it’s not their fault.

I’m not just making a big deal out of this. Jim M. Goldstein and Merlin Mann would agree with me.