Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Postscript to my complaint to NorthBound Magazine -- a beneficial conclusion

In the interest of fairness and transparency, I am writing a postscript to an earlier blogpost when I called attention to the usage/publication of my Cagayan images without my consent/permission.  After meeting up with the editors of NorthboundMagazine and PICO Publications sometime in October 2009, I requested for  compensation/settlement (the amount of which I choose not to disclose for the sake of charity and modesty) to be made payable to my favorite charity organization, the 700 Club Asia for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy. Happily, this request was accepted and honored by NorthBound Magazine and PICO.
I am doing this postcript in response to a recent request by the publication that I delete the post or edit references to the company or magazine.  This is the concession I struck with the publication:  I will write a postscript but not delete the post or amend it in any way.  To do so is tantamount to stating the incident never happened at all or that circumstances were different from what I originally wrote. 

For the sake of transparency, I report that the publication's editors agreed to the settlement/donation I requested in October 2009 and reassured me that necessary steps were taken to avoid the incident from happening again. In this case, I was told the artist responsible for the unauthorized use/publication of my images was subjected to disciplinary action (non-renewal of employment contract) and that stricter measures were put in place to make sure permission was obtained from the owners of the images prior to usage by the publication. 

I hope that from this incident, some good truly came out -- like lessons learned, rights upheld, commitment and promises kept and most importantly help extended to those who needed it most.

6 comments:

Sidney said...

Great to hear you found an agreement with the publishers!
Glad that you won your fight !

witsandnuts said...

You were so right about not agreeing to take out the post. Lesson learned.

Jocas A. See said...

Journalistic integrity should prevail. If they don't want to be caught up in a mess, they should have do it the right way in the beginning.

the donG said...

i believe feedback is very important. it helps people to be more responsible.

Photo Cache said...

how can ordinary bloggers like me avoid getting victimized like you were? what precautions should we do or undertake? watermark is enough? i hope you talk about this issues in later postings. thanks.

lagal[og] said...

Thanks Sidney!

Wits and Nuts, I just have to stick to my principles din kasi.

Tama ka doon Jocas. Like I told one of the editors, my rights to the images have already been violated, must my right to free speech be also curtailed?

Dom, I agree.

Photo Cache, I think I really should write about it at length one day soon. I don't think my case is an isolated one. One good thing that came out of this is that I became more aware of what my rights actually are. Adding watermarks is a step in the right direction. It's not fool-proof but it's a step alright.

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