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himself, was ungracious,
illiterate and rude, but it
would be quickly matched
by angry comments sup-
portive of Ferreira s plight.
When I asked the pho-
tographer if she felt she
might have unleashed the hounds of hell on TI, she
responded, "I needed a way to get his attention and
this was the fastest, most direct way to do so."
The rapper s team has roundly ignored Ferreira s
efforts at engagement on the matter and in a terse
note she explained that there are: "No updates at
this time---I ve spoken with my lawyer."
In 2012 I wrote a column about online copyright
infringements that featured Laura Ferreira
(http://ow.ly/SIAh7) and I was curious about what
her experiences have been like since then.
"There have been many incidents like this that
ended with payment for usage, crediting, or the other
party removing the image," the photographer
"Some were dealt with in a similar manner when
my requests were ignored."
As for changing her position regarding sharing her
work online, she asked in turn, "If a musician s song
illegally appears in a video or ad, would he or she
end promoting their music online?"
"Change the context and you ll have your answer.
There is no stopping people from downloading any
online content, and no one is stopping us from having
the power to do something about it."
It s particularly interesting that part of the online
discussion about the incident has challenged Ferreira s
approach to the situation.
The arguments for TI s appropriation include the
notion that she should be happy for the free, uncred-
ited "publicity" and that collaboration with the artist
might have created more opportunities.
Others noted, as did troubleman31, that it s just
a fete ticket and that local promoters steal photos to
use on their event invites all the time (the image has
since been confirmed as being used at the event itself
as a wall-sized poster).
That position carefully obfuscates the fact that
these aren t tickets or invitations at all, they are palm
sized (now websized) advertisements for an event
that is either collecting money at the door or brand
equity for their hosts inside the velvet rope.
I ve had the experience of a photo being taken for
such use and arguing against it ( http://ow.ly/SIBir),
but the long term impact of such abuse on a creator
is that it robs the photo of value. To put it bluntly,
nobody wants to pay for a photo that s been whored
out all over town, so thieves really shouldn t get upset
when the chastity belt snaps shut.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Late last week, the Internet exploded.
That s a bit of an exaggeration of course,
though social media, which thrives on the
viral, is given to multi-megaton blasts of
uninformed opinion and nuclear scale
sharing at least twice a week.
This particular conflagration followed the
use of an image by local photographer Laura
Ferreira of a Tribe Carnival costume designed
by equally local fashionista Anya Ayoung-
Chee on an event invitation, more commonly
known on these shores as a fete ticket.
Adding fuel to this particular blaze was
the promoter of the event, rapper TI who
proudly revealed the smoky, sultry photo
as the motif of "Tips Birthday Carnivale."
It s unclear whether this was an event
that one paid to attend, but given TI s stature
on the charts, it s entirely likely that if you
have to ask, you aren t the person this invi-
tation is for.
The photographer issued the following
statement on her Facebook page: "TI is
using one of my images for his birthday
invitation, on his Instagram account (it s
now on his Facebook page, too)."
"Would love to have a credit for myself
as well as the costume designer, Anya
Ayoung-Chee. Seriously, whoever designed
this knew they didn t have the right to use
it. Removing my name from the image does-
n t magically make it right."
"I would have been thrilled to let it out
to such a huge audience, if I were contacted
in the first place."
The response from Instagram user trou-
'It's a party invitation'
Ferreira's collaboration with Anya Ayoung-Chee for
Tribe. PHOTO COURTESY LAURA FERREIRA
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