copyright infringement: my guide to shime-machi

Update: They were totally reasonable and although it’s being taken down from the site because no JETs are currently living in the town, they’ve promised to add attribution when it gets put in the site archive. Phew.

I hate googling anything that I’ve done and having it come up on a site that isn’t mine. The worst is with no attribution at all, and no link back to the original. This is regarding my photos on Flickr 99% of the time, and although I want attribution in text (that’s my CC license, after all – these aren’t public domain), a link is still better than nothing.

Well, trying to find the kanji for the name of a burial mound I took a picture of in Shime, Fukuoka, a few years ago, I ran across a guide to the town that I wrote just after living there in 2003-2004. It’s on a Fukuoka JET web site, and guess what it says on it? Not my name, of course. It says “Copyright 2012 Fukuoka JET.”


Anyway, if you want to read a guide to my old town, you can see it here:

I’ve sent an email to the administrator of the site, and have my fingers crossed that they are just reasonable people and will agree to my request for attribution. Sigh.

One thought on “copyright infringement: my guide to shime-machi”

  1. To be fair, the reason why I post so much online and with the huge amount of metadata that I do (with photos) is so others can find and use the images. Everything is under a CC Noncommercial-Attribution license, meaning that I *want* people to re-use and remix my work as they see fit as long as they give me credit and don’t charge for it. Nothing makes my day more than when someone contacts me on Flickr and tells me that they also lived in the same place I took photos of, or even better, shares photos of a place from forty years before I visited it. It’s just when people abuse things that I get upset. Who wouldn’t?

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