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Thank you for faving my nutria photo 'Nonchalance'!!!!
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Both incidents involved unauthorized use of my photos, but also both were very different and got a different response by me. Just to let you all know, when you use somebody's copyrighted property, you are basically putting yourself at their mercy. I've seen a lot of recent events, where somebody tried to use "fair use" as a way around it, however "fair use" does not protect you from consequences if the copyright holder chooses to go after you. One example a long time ago, somebody posted my photo without my permission claiming fair use. I initially was not going to make a big deal of it, but the person who posted it got an attitude with me when I just said, "From now on get my permission." When they did that I promptly reported them to Flickr and had the image removed. Copyright infringement defeated "fair use." All photographers and artist have different temperaments, some take it more seriously than others. When you violate copyright you are subjecting yourself to their enforcement of how their property is used.

Case #1: Honest mistake

I found an unauthorized use of one of my photos by a non-profit organization. They took my photo from and used it in their newsletter. They did credit me for the photo, but they never asked my permission. So, I saw their status was not-for-profit. Here I e-mailed the author of the form with a friendly reminder photo use policy. Because the violation was not too flagrant, I wasn't as mad. I just basically told them that they need to be careful from now on. Me and that editor are on good terms and he understands. This does not mean that every photographer or artist will be a nice guy in this situation, or very understanding of ignorance. However, unlike the incident I referenced a couple of years ago, this person did not come on rude to me, and that made a lot of difference in how I responded.

Case #2: Flagrant use and total lie

I referenced this case in my previous journal and Mr. Blair still continues to steal photos. Even going as far as to still tell lies and say he removed all stolen photos and does not steal anymore. In this case because he tried to say he produced work I really produced and went as far to shave people's watermarks off and replace them with his own, this case was much more flagrant. This guy hit maybe 50-100 different photographers. This time my response was to come in without much warning and report as much as I could until he made his Instagram private. This was no case of mere ignorance. The guy even went as far as to say he is the Fire Chief of Lewisville NC. So, right now he has several angry photographers nipping at him like piranhas and this was even before I found out.


Joseph W. Johns
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
My name is Joseph W. Johns. I've been on this site since July 2004 and it's safe to say that this is the site that made me a photographer. I'm also a former Midland Valley High School yearbook photographer, where I took pictures of sports and other school events. I graduated in the class of 2009 and won the school's "Spirit of the Mustang" award for my work. I also graduated Aiken Tech then The University of South Carolina Aiken. I was a sports photographer for the campus paper Pacer Times.

In this gallery you'll see a variety of different photography and photo manipulations from 2004-present. For photography I have nature, automotive, railroad, urban, and many other categories.

Awards and notables
:bulletred: 2009 Spirit of the Mustang Winner at Midland Valley High School
:bulletred: Photos published in the Aiken Standard
:bulletred: 3 photos published in the 2013 edition of USC Aiken's Broken Ink
:bulletred: 2 photos published in the Greenville Western Railway's 2014 calender
:bulletred: Multiple photos published on local news channels

Current Residence: South Carolina
Favourite genre of music: Rock/Metal something that gets my energy flowing
Favourite photographer: Too many to list!
Favourite style of art: Photography, photomanipulation
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Windows media player
Favorite cartoon character: Homer Simpson
Personal Quote: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.


Journal History

Patriots or Seahawks? 

7 deviants said Seahawks
5 deviants said Patriots



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SupaaSweetApril Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fave!:3
Furuhashi Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you for the favourite!
DrPatte Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Thanks for the fave :)
RMS-OLYMPIC Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Used your stock here:
Strength. Power. Pride by RMS-OLYMPIC

Thank you!
diddydave Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Many thanks for the favs your support is really appreciated
parallel-pam Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014   Photographer
thanks a lot for the :+fav: :-)
L-RXQUEEN-84 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave on my pic! :)
MaxK-W Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the favourite! ^_^

Make sure to have a look through the rest of my gallery if you have the time and leave a watch if you're interested in seeing more of my work! :dummy:
DrewSummers Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fav! :)
Freezfotos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanx for the fave on Bath :)
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