By Meagan Sullivan
An editor of Melbourne publication Howl & Echoes direct messaged Brown asking him to add credit to a photo he had reposted from one of the publication’s photographers. Instead of changing the caption or explaining that he didn’t know photo credit was a courtesy, he engaged with Project U Content Director Nic Kelly in an out-of-hand feud.
The fight, which started with Kelly defending photographers and pointing out that Brown and his management/publicists approved said photographers, ended up with Brown giving Kelly his hotel address and telling him to come over to fight.
This is a huge issue in the music industry, as several artists don’t understand or don’t know copyright laws and that posting a photo without credit is technically stealing the photographer’s intellectual property. As a music photographer, I can say this happens probably 80 percent of the time when honestly it’s not that hard to say who took the picture. The issue is industry wide, with offenders such as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Ludacris.
Moral of the story: if you wouldn’t let someone else use your song and claim it as their own, why would you be okay with posting someone’s photo without giving them due credit?