"Each day, a photographer's work is used without his consent," reads this campaign poster by French organisation Union des Photographes Professionnels - Auteurs.
"Each day, a photographer's work is used without his consent," reads this new campaign poster by French organisation Union des Photographes Professionnels - Auteurs.
The campaign, launched this week, was created after the organisation found that photographers' rights continued to be abused. "It's obvious that professional photographers are not being listened to," says a spokeswoman. "So, for the first time, we're speaking to the photographic community with an image. We hope to raise awareness among the public, as well as the media and the government, about photographers' problems. Each day, photographers are faced with decreasing rates. They are forced to compete against image libraries that are offering vile prices. These practices are infringing on photographers' moral rights."
The organisation adds: "Each day, photographers risk their lives to allow us to stay informed. And each day, photographers continue to be dealt with as if they weren't producing anything. Their work has no value. Each day, their images are used by editors and marketers as if they had found them on the ground. With this image, we want to show the violent and disrespectful economic reality that photographers have to deal with."
For more information about the campaign and the Union des Photographes Professionnels - Auteurs, visit www.upp-auteurs.fr.
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