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Zen Magazine Africa, Atlanta Magazine. Essence Magazine. Upscale Magazine. The Source Magazine. Vivia Magazine. Profiles98 Magazine. World Bride Magazine. New York Time Styles Magazine. The Network Journal. Iona Magazine. Belle Magazine. Black Elegance Magazine. Hip hop Fashion Magazine. Talk Magazine. SoloWoman Magazine. Metro Magazine. Vivrant Magazine. Bahamas Local.com. The Dream Plannner Event
Alvin Ailey American Dance. Design Outdabox.com. Black Bayou Productions Inc. Bronner Brothers Hair. Fly-Jamaica Airways. Sensational Hair Zone. Cover Your Gray. Ameriprise Financial. Nike. Mizuno. Street Source Marketing & Communications. Pontiac Sun Fire. Coors Lite. Ghana Tourist Board. Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Curacao Tourist Board. Panama Tourist Board. Breast Cancer. HBO. LifeTime TV. NBC. Head Over Heels. (shoe) MixedChicks. Fly Jamaica Airways.
Maddy + Lo Clothing Line. Liz Ogumdo. Fashion Lab Africa. CLD-Charu Lochan Dass, Courtney Washington Fashion Studio, JA. Modabox New York. Garment Industry Development Corp, NYC. Ink Slingers, USA. Moshood Creations, NYC. Kayda Nana Afriyie Frimpong, Ganya. West Africa. Chila For Fun, NYC. TBA-To Be African, NYC. Brazilian Bezel Swimwear, NYC. Gilles Montezin Bridal, NYC. Completo, Netherlands. Claudia Pegus, Trinidad & Tobago. Kuumba Design’s. St Lucia. Calvin Southwell, Antigua. Carol Fraser, Georgetown, Guyana. Douglas Says, New Jersey. Donna Dove, NYC. Steven Cuttings, NYC. Mariskais Designs, Georgetown, Guyana. Islands of the World, Bahamas. FWTT (Trinidad & Tobago Fashion Week). Virgin Island Fashion week, USVI. Tobago Fashion Week, Trinidad & Tobago. Ethel Fashion - Donna Weekes, Saint Vincent. Fashion Week Haiti, Haiti. Olympia Small Sonoram, Georgetown, Guyana. Carl Brown Hats, Jamaica. Marcia De Santos, Geogetown, Guyana. The Cloth, Trinidad & Tobago. Faces of Fashion, Caribbean. Tre'fle Swimwear, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. K Calvin Southwell Desigher, Antigua & Barbuda.
Aftermath Records. Columbia Records. 55 Entertainment. Action Pack Production. GRP Records. Verve Music Group. MCA Records. RCA Records. Sony Records. Hawino Records. G Funk Entertainment. J Records. Interscope Records. Universal Records. Platinum Camp Productions.
C O P Y R I G H T
Please know and understand, I own the copyrights to all the images and content on this website. Please don't steal or screenshot anything of the photographs. I will find you and pursue compensation for the full value. The images and textual content found on this website are the sole property of and held under the copyright of New York Photographer Dracinc / Donn Thompson, ( which is Me ). Everything is protected under the U.S. Copyright Law. The photography and textual content on this site must not be downloaded or reproduced in any way or used for any personal, editorial, or commercial use without my written permission. If you wish to use or purchase any images found on this website, please contact me for more information. Usage may be granted if you provide a reasonable and written request for time usage or compensation for the images. These images and content are protected by copyright. No use, theft, or duplication of this actively monitored image shall be granted without the written permission from Dracinc /Donn Thompson © 2020. Compensation will be aggressively pursued. Please contact Donn Thompson from the contact page for any info.
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T H E V A L U E O F A C O P Y R I G H T
As a New York City photographer, I obtain an income based on photography which allows me to live my life efficiently. I therefore will do everything I can to protect my ability to collect the most revenue for my photograph. However, I appreciate the need for other's desire to share my photographs on the internet. I wish positive acknowledgment and payment for helping my art get exposure to a global audience.
All of my images have value, they may have an even greater value when they're shared worldwide. To put a global value system in perspective, in commercial photography a photograph becomes proportionally more valuable based on the number of persons who will see such said photograph.
The photographs I created for my self-assigned projects have the ability to be screened and received international attention. I'm forced to be particularly vigilant about citations in order to ensure that my business receives appropriate exposure if the photographs achieve some measure of acclaim.
At times, most acknowledgment is slightly less of what the effect includes, for citation of my images. In editorial circles, attaching authorial credit to images is common. Magazines and newspapers almost invariably post the name of the photographer near every photograph. That credit is standard for a photographer to also receive in exchange for having his or her work appear in a publication.
With the arrival of the Internet, many publications are now extending that credit to also include URLs to photographer websites. Likewise, and in following with that established tradition, when any of my photos appear on websites, blogs, or in social media, my logo (via watermark), my name, and a link to my website must accompany the work.
I recognize that my publication concern may seem demanding to someone outside the advertising or publishing industry, I hope that these additional explanations provide you with a greater understanding as to the importance of citations. First, with my name and URL included with every photograph, It will greatly improves the chance that interested parties will visit my website.
The administrators of social media and blogging. It's easier to spend time searching for websites. By providing the URL next to the photograph, the chances of a website visit expanded. I place great value on new website visits, both in terms of broadening exposure for my work, increasing potential for new clients. If these two reasons weren't good enough, the links may also have excellent SEO value.
Also for the textual citations, I've discussed in detail, my logo must appear on any photograph that is shared via social media or on blogs. A small Dracinc / Donn Thompson Photography logo is positioned at the bottom right outside the edge of all images.
Reasons, further explain my citation requirements, when a complete citation is available, then commercial and editorial interests are inconceivable to use that photograph without first approaching me for permission. If a logo or citation is present, and a business or publication decides to forego that permission process and instead accept to use an image without my approval , then they are liable for actual and statutory damages.
To help put this in perspective, a few years ago a few of my photographs where printed in Essence magazine of a famous person, I shot for another magazine. Essence magazine people failed to contact me for permission and did not properly identify my ownership of photographs, to speak about some type of compensation. They also turn around for the upcoming issue and used more of the images from the same shoot, after being called and notify about the usage rights and payment. Clients who had commissioned the photographs had done so with the understanding that they were for their use only.
Months after the photographs were created, This famous person submitted them to Essence Magazine, because of not having the time to sit to shoot for Essence Magazine and loving the images we created together. Unfortunately, although Essence Magazine should have known better than to print photographs without proper attribution, due to the famous person's information sharing of our photoshoot. Essence Magazine was not able to claim defensible ignorance but to pay for there fault.
In this particular situation, I was within my rights to seek as much compensation from Essence Magazine to the fullest. This famous person only shared information with Essence Magazine for them to used correctly. I settled with Essence Magazine for a fee which I thought was a fair payment to me at the time. The Essence Magazine article was liable for $25,000 per photograph plus attorney's fees, base on their readership. As you can perhaps now begin to understand, given the huge financial discussion in matters related to copyright, proper citation is no small matter. Taking only this one case as an example, Essence Magazine cost me thousands of lost revenue.
Most people outside of our profession have suggested that I should be thankful for the increased exposure that comes from having my photographs shared around the world. And although it's certainly fun to see folks say nice things about my art, that appreciation doesn't generate revenue for my business—especially when the people viewing my photography are completely unaware of the identity of the photographer/artist (namely me) DRACINC / DONN THOMPSON ©
Some folks might even argue that its a greater exposure for my images might somehow lead to new business opportunities even though my business information isn't attached to the photograph. That idea would be nice to consider, but it's unlikely for that to happen. Someone would need to appreciate the photograph, begin a search for the photographer, discover the photographer, and then pay the photographer a nice fee for their work.
Some photographers have been lured by this unfulfilled promise of greater glory far too many times to consider this a real possibility. I remain convinced that if my photographs don't have an appropriate citation or logo applied, it's statistically highly unlikely that I'll receive any direct benefit from their publication on blogs or in social media.
T E R M O F U S E
Upon receiving written permission from me, here are the terms and conditions that must be met to publicly share my photographs.
- When my photographs are displayed on a blog, I must be cited in the first paragraph. The words “DRACINC / DONN THOMPSON" must appear as an underlined hypertext link and must link to the URL www.dracinc.com The HTML used to link to the URL may not include the “nofollow" attribute.
- When my photographs are used in an online editorial context, I must be cited under each photograph with the words "DRACINC / DONN THOMPSON" displayed as an underlined hypertext link and must link to the URLwww.dracinc.com. The HTML used to link to the URL may not include the "nofollow" attribute.
- When photographs are displayed on Facebook or Pinterest, the following text must be included in the description of every photograph: "DRACINC / DONN THOMPSON
- When my photographs are used online, photographs may not be cropped, resized, or otherwise modified. Additionally, the DRACINC / DONN THOMPSON logo must appear attached to every photo and may not be hidden, modified, or removed.
- When my photographs are used in a printed editorial context, I must be cited with the words "DRACINC www.dracinc.com" under each photograph or in the margin as dictated by the publication's style guide.
- Permission to display the photographs may be rescinded at any time for any reason. If a request for removal is provided, you agree to remove the photographs within 24 hours.
- You must contact and obtain separate permission from me and offer just compensation before sharing these photos with any other party or when using the photographs in printed or electronic advertising, magazines, website portfolios, websites, or blogs outside of your direct control, or on your business website.
- If you fail to abide by these Terms & Conditions, you agree to compensate me (and my clients when applicable) for any usage. That usage is based on the monetary rate that would be customary and by photographic industry rates at the time of publication or distribution. You may also be held liable for actual and statutory damages
These images are protected by copyright. © 2020 Donn Thompson / Drac Inc. No use, theft, or duplication of this actively monitored images shall be granted without the written permission. Compensation will be aggressively pursued. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more info.