Monday, April 1, 2013

Ask and Give Credit

Theatre Talks is currently searching for a solution to an ongoing problem.
Theatre Talks, Blogspot, March 25, 2011:
“It is annoying to discover one of your photos posted without credit on someone else’s page.
So it was recently on Facebook when I discovered—no name, no credit will be given —had downloaded a photo of my Flatbush walk for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. The image was by Betty who documents my theatre tours.  Another of her Flickr photos had also been used—once again no credit.”
Photo of the Liberty Theatre, California State  University Long Beach, giving credit  to source.

 The Brooklyn Theatre Index Facebook page, March 30, 2013:
“Once again I have surfed the net and found my theatre photos posted on some other site without credit. The latest guilty party is Tinseltoes at Cinema Treasures who has uploaded quite a few of my photos.
These individuals seem to believe that because an image is on the internet it is free for taking. This is especially true if the photo is of a certain date. They don’t give credit to source or collection.
After contacting one person about his use of my theatre photos on his blog, he reluctantly gave me credit and in a snippy email told me about the date of the image.
If it were not for certain sources various photos would not be available to view. An organization/collector has acquired and preserved an historic photo that otherwise might be lost. It is part of their collection and deserves credit.
My collection consists of over 1,000 theatre prints and photos dating to the 18th Century. I am giving careful thought to what will be posted in the future. Almost certainly cancelling Flickr.”

For a history of  the Liberty  Theatre visit Bill Counter’s excellent [more] Los Angeles Movie Palaces and notice how he gives proper credit to sources.
Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre walks and talks in 2013.
He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

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