Breeches of copyright are the main topic on conversation in any gathering of Equestrian photographers, anywhere, anytime. Nothing gets them hotter under the collar faster than this. My non equestrian photographer friends are honestly flabbergasted by the situation and find it incomprehensible that people in the equestrian community actually do this.
Not only is it illegal, absolutely every rider loses when one decides to disregard the rules; show photographers are becoming frustrated beyond belief and I believe will be more reluctant to share images in an open format as time goes on. Eventually all riders will miss out not just those ignoring the rules. Finding a show photographer in the future will be harder than finding a cassette tape in a modern teenagers room.
I think it displays extraordinary rudeness and disrespect. Personally i believe that some of the answer lies within the riding community itself. If i see an image on any social media page, watermarked, not shared with no photo credit (irrespective of who took it) i absolutely refuse to like it, even if its fabulous. By and large people are generally posting to acquire likes and attention, if the attention is not given to an image used in an inappropriate manner the reward will be minimal.
As a photographer I chose not to take, edit or post pictures of riders that i know to have misused images on any platform, whether the image is one of mine or taken by the wealth of fabulous talented photographers in NZ. I simply do not bother to invest my limited time on those people.
Ask yourself this?
How would you feel if someone was posting images from your timeline?
the article that got me thinking about this again in the first place and a picture of a giraffe because they are fabulous