Yesterday’s post to this blog inadvertently included a well-known, copyrighted image of Charles Bukowski and Georgia Peckham, which has since been removed. Photo credit should have been given to Joan Levine Gannij. Because the blog where I found the image didn’t list a credit, I didn’t either, a lazy and careless oversight that I truly regret.
There’s an old proverb, which I have to admit that I only heard recently in the movie-version of Doubt — teacher brings a pillow up to the roof and tells the student to tear it open and scatter the feathers to the wind. A gust picks up and blows them across the countryside. “Now I want you to gather every feather and put it back in the pillowcase,” the teachers says. “But I can’t,” says the student, “that’s impossible, there are thousands of feathers everywhere.”
In the proverb that’s gossip. But it might also be copyright infringement. Every time we use art that is unsourced, we encourage other people to do the same, in an exponentially expanding chain. And the artist is left scrambling to put her work back in the bag — a frustrating and impossible task. I feel awful for contributing to that, and foolish for not realizing it sooner.
There were a few other images I’ve used in the past without knowing who to credit; I’ve removed those as well, and would also like to apologize to those unnamed artists who will probably never know that I helped kick their can a little farther down the road.