You may or may not know that I occasionally write posts that are satirical for Fstoppers. This isn’t one of these posts. An Internet “entrepreneur” was sued for using a brand new image, and he currently asserts the photographer who sued him was “malicious” to doing this.
While there is some nuance to copyright law, the fundamental idea that you can not just take a picture you saw on Google and use it for commercial purposes is usually pretty well known, particularly by people who work online. However, Internet Entrepreneur Dan Dasilva did just that, with images he recovered from a Google image search within his Shopify store, and was subsequently sued, settling $27,000 plus roughly $10,000 in legal fees. Open and closed enough of a case? Not so for Dasilva, that subsequently took into his YouTube channel, building a movie in which he acknowledges he should have known better, but still calls for the photographer “malicious” for daring to protect their copyright and indicates that his followers ought to track down the individual in the hopes it will ruin their reputation. He then goes on to create an entirely irrelevant comparison by analyzing transformative artistic work, which obviously doesn’t have anything to do with simply lifting a picture from Google and utilizing it within a commercial context. Dasilva even says despite being been sued for this practice that he does this in the above video.
Needless to say, whilst somebody who runs an online store should definitely know better, it’s not the ignorance that’s the most infuriating as much since the arrogance and empowerment combined with the disrespect for a picture creator’s property. It’s unfortunately not the first time I’ve seen this attitude, and while I can not attribute it to any particularly clear single origin, it’s an unfortunate part of our civilization. Let’s hope that creators being malicious’ awareness is changed for the hard work they put in into respect.