If you don't want your photos stolen don't put them on the internet.
I feel its less about people taking photos from the internet but that Apple does not encourage a better way forward on this matter. As designers with the ability to influence on users' behaviors, Apple could've put in a photo credit & url link when the user is doing the drag-and-drop interaction
This is absolutely the way to do it. If the images are coming from websites, the URL link should be pulled too – it'd be trivial for users to delete out the URL if they wanted to, but in many cases it would actually be useful in terms of giving context to the image.
Done is better than perfect. It's not Apple's job to protect the rights of every photographer.
Also they are not 'taking' anyones photos. They are simply duplicating them.
Similarly, if you don't want your bike stolen, never leave home with it.
Why do people always trot out this line? There's no logic to it.
Well, I don't want to play devil's advocate, but in the example it's just an email between (I asume) friends in a private conversation:
There are lots of different scenarios (and copyright law changes from country to country very wildly), but I guess that most of the use cases are going to be private — professionals already know what they can and cannot use.
Unfortunately, in the keynote, they show the use of Keynote rather than a personal email. So Apple is in fact encouraging its use everywhere. See here: https://youtu.be/JdDWXUnpJvI?t=45m28s
True but it's a slideshow/presentation about a personal trip. Not a work document.
Also, not sure how true it is about professionals being disciplined about photo copyright laws. In my previous companies, I had to fight and really champion the idea of buying stock photos (especially for presentations).
After I convinced everyone, they were all on board but before they would just steal photos from Google Images. My fear is that with this feature that is going to become so much more common.
Sounds like a waste of $ for a powerpoint.
Depends on how they're being used. Internally? Not a big deal, I'd say. For presenting to clients or other companies? You should definitely be paying for those or sourcing creative commons images.
You guys act like this was never a thing before. People will always rip images. No way around it... I see my photos used all over from my Instagram ( knifeandfox) with out my permission. If its a big deal to you, you just ask them to remove it, and most do pretty quickly. I quickly realized the photography world was over saturated with photographer. So I became a UI designer haha. Now I use Unsplash mostly, and rip photos all the time for mockup stuff all the time.
Of course people will steal images either way, but we don't need to encourage it.
I'm all for protecting intellectual property rights. But here's the thing, it's misleading and a cheap shot to single out Apple/Siri.
For one (as the article points out), this has been around for a long time. I can literally do a Google search and drag and drop images straight from Chrome into Sketch. And it's trivial to do it at any resolution I want. Then there's Invision's Craft plugin which has an entire feature built around enabling a streamlined, bulk version of this workflow. Also without attribution.
Which brings me to my second point: People are going to misuse images out of ignorance, laziness or because they just don't care. Saying corporate America made it convenient and taking the focus off the people using the images is pretty much sidestepping the issue. It makes as much sense as blaming drunk driving on auto manufacturers... or brewery's for that matter. Responsibility lies firstly with the person using the images to care about the creator's conditions. And secondly with us as a community to uphold a standard of respecting other people's IP. (Which is what's so cool about how the OP acted at his own company.)
I am really appalled at the lack of research by the author before posting something on a public domain. Why would an article be built on assumption? Did you write to Apple? Did you write to Bing? The feature shown was a demo and we have no concrete proof that this is an unethical practice. Bing has an easy way to filter out images that are free to use. You should refer to http://help.bing.microsoft.com/#apex/18/en-us/10006/0
It's not just photography, this is also a big issue for illustration. I agree that it's troubling for the interface to normalize this behavior.
The idea of a blockchain based attribution system could be a way out of this endless problem: http://www.mediachain.io, I think there should be more discussion about practical solutions.
This is really interesting, thanks for sharing. I'll look more into this.
Author of this article is such a phony. He claims to be a moral guy doing the good of internet justice by fighting for copyrights, but then steals images from Apple, while blaming Apple for promoting copyright infringement. How ironic is that?
This fake moral guy breaks Apple's copyright policy here: http://www.apple.com/legal/intellectual-property/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html
b. The image is an actual photograph of the genuine Apple product and not an artist’s rendering (Note: You must obtain express written permission from Apple before using any photograph owned or licensed by Apple).
c. The Apple product is shown only in the best light, in a manner or context that reflects favorably on the Apple products and on Apple Inc.
I don't see why he cares so much about this issue. Is he a photographer who has had his images stolen before? What's his personal experience with this issue? Seems to me the author is a phony hypocrite pretending to be a moral hero.
I've written a reply to my previous post addressing some great feedback found here: https://medium.com/@tareqismail/follow-up-thoughts-on-siris-image-search-feature-67c6fc58217d#.jpxqwnho9