Denis Peterson

I find it amusing that many photographers who post their work online go to such great lengths to protect their images from digital thieves: embedding them in Flash or Java, delivering only crappy low-res versions, or plastering their pictures with unsightly watermarks. While all this is going on, detracting from the photograph who’s natural domain it could be argued is the web, hyper-real painters post watermark-less high-res images of their work, even though they’re obviously based on photographs. Of course, the former are supposedly ‘original’ while the later are derivative and merely pictures of painted pictures. But at the end of the day, it has to be asked, if your photo is so generic in subject or mistakable in style that you must prove it wasn’t taken by some other twat with a camera, is it really worth protecting?

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