A photographer who snapped a long exposure image of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing has reached out to the internet for advice after finding his image circulating the internet without credit, including within a New York Times article.
Voicing his concern, 19-year-old student Marcus Cote from Satellite Beach, Florida, took to Reddit to explain his story. He says that a day or so after posting the photo on his own social media pages, it had begun circulating and being shared without credit. One Twitter user had posted the image, later apologizing and removing it at the request of Cote. However, by this point, it seems the damage was already done. The photo had become widespread, even appearing in this New York Times article without any kind of reference or credit. Cote has reached out to NYT to try and have the situation rectified.
The reaction from other Reddit users seems positive; the general consensus seems to be that, in their experience, most photo editors are more than happy to credit images, or compensate financially where applicable. The issue arises through the image being embedded via Twitter – technically speaking, NYT hasn’t committed any crimes. An embed of a tweet (or Instagram post) is not infringing on copyright.