Is it fair of LSI to use our shots for their marketing purposes without recompense...?


This evening, LSI published a marketing article on its Facebook page that used one of my shots, and within an hour of being published it got over 800 likes, 60 comments and 80 shares, and what did I get…? Squat, nada, niente, zip! Not even any comments on my original article from which the shot was taken. Yes, I guess there’s probably some disclaimer somewhere that says they can do whatever the hell they like with our shots, but I think for the advertising pull they got for free out of my work LSI should at least send me a couple of rolls of film or something (Preferably Kodak Aerochrome EIR! ;-)

On the positive side, the massive response to the LSI Facebook post says something about how many of us analogue-heads there still are out there. Lomo on, indeed!

If you’re interested in seeing it, the Facebook article is here:

written by buckshot on 2012-07-05


  1. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    OK, that link wasn't active, so here it is again:…

  2. dollymixture
    dollymixture ·

    Surely they should give credit to you on the Facebook post and a link to your Lomo Home. I'd say it's only fair to do that with anybodies photo that has been used, credit where credit is due and all that.

  3. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    They used a photo of me for a promo article too. I did not even know until I read the article and saw there was a pic of me in it. I was glad they used a pic of me, their website is OK an free. For services like this you mostly got to pay. But what I didn't like was that they hadn't notified me. Greetz Gauthier

  4. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    I checked it out, well I would be angry too. In my case they mentionned my name ! In your case, which is much bigger because it involves Facebook :) they should at least send you some rolls or stuff. But They aren't like this. With the piggies I got for being LomoHome of the week, I nearly got a fishbaby for free (a metal one) But they sent a plastic one. Instead of being nice and just sending me the metal one, I had to send that cheap piece of plastic back on my own expenses first. I payed like one third of the camera's price to send it back. There goes my discount !

  5. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    @dollymixture and @gauthierdumonde: thanks for your moral support!

    I just found this disclaimer in the terms and conditions: "With regard to material you include in a public album, you grant a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty free license to modify, publish and reproduce said material solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting “”."

    Since I accepted the terms when I created my Lomography account, it's fine by me that they used my picture in the Facebook post. In fact, I'm very happy that they used my shot – that's not the issue. My point is that they should at least have given me a photo credit and included a link to my Lomohome, as @dollymixture says, and notified me somehow that it was published. Like @gauthierdumonde, it was only by chance that I even saw the post, as I almost never visit the Lomography FB page and get so many postings from them on my own FB wall that it's easy to miss one or two.

    Also, the disclaimer means only that we agree to let them use our stuff – not that we can't expect some kind of recompense, like even a few piggies or something (though I've never actually used any piggies anyway, as they barely cover the cost of postage; it's easier and cheaper for me to buy directly from the London Lomostore).

    Alright, I don't want to get myself a name for being Mr Angry on here, so I'll quit moaning and graciously accept the facts. And to their credit, they did at least thank me for my shot and post a link to my original article in the Facebook comments... AFTER I posted a comment on there myself ;-)

    P.S. I just checked the FB post again, and it now has 1,148 likes, 87 comments and 114 shares (with many further likes, comments and shares on all those shared posts). That's some pretty successful viral marketing!

  6. dinospork
    dinospork ·

    I agree that, fine print or not, as a courtesy they should be asking permission or at least notifying people before cross-posting material.

  7. sixsixty
    sixsixty ·

    Totally agree on the credit for the shot where ever it is used. And way to go!!!! 1148 likes and counting. Amazing!!!

  8. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·