Is this legit???
I received an email from some one asking to use one of my photos from my flicker page for their companies annual report.
Does this sound like a scam of some sort?
In the email they had linked to my photo.
If it is legit should I ask for some sort of compensation???
I haven't heard of any scams like it. If it were a scam they would just use it and not tell you.
I see nothing wrong. At least they've asked. Sure ask them what they'd like to offer.
I checked a little further, using the email address, and it is an advertising agency that is doing campaigns for several major companies.
Originally Posted by stradibarrius
Whether to ask for payment is your decision but, at minimum, instruct them to give photo credit.
I've had the same happen to me. In my case, a local bank wanted to use one of my photos that they found on flickr for their bank renovations. After conversing with the marketing manager I gathered they didn't want to pay anything for it. I asked some friends who also happen to be photographers and they encouraged me to charge for it. I'm glad I did. It was a bank after all. Ha!
Look at it this way: If they really want the shot, they can hire a photographer to take one just like it. So yeah, charge for it but be reasonable.
If you put your images up on the web, you are frontierland, one where the law is vague, can be challenged and in time you will undoubtedly be approached regarding the use of an image. I get approaches from businesses who have seen my images on Flickr (the most recent one being a State-wide tourism map of popular places e.g. Victoria's Bells Beach) and once I see what they are involved in, I usually do agree, providing I am properly credited and I can see the finished art online. So long as they ask/approach you. Considering the uber-popularity of set ups like Getty Images, photographers in Flickr should count their blessings they are being singled out for attention, even if more often enough they are not remunerated.
Does the company supply items or services that you have use for? If so, and they are reluctant to pay cash, you may be able to work out an alternative.
Is it a photo of one of your stringed instruments? There may be a valuable promotion opportunity available for your business.
In any case, insist on a photo credit, and ask them to refer enquiries about the photo to you.
speak with them directly on the telephone
sometimes email can be worded vaguely