Yesterday I was alerted by someone that Criterion had taken a photo from my blog and re-blogged it. Now, usually, I think it's cool as was the case with Letters of Note that used another of my photos for a post. Not in this case. I've heard of numerous occasions where people find out that corporations are taking their photos from Flickr and other sources and used in their ads or marketing materials. Criterion, a company that sells DVDs, used an image that they did not pay for, to market their product. I found this hypocritical. If we were to take an image or any material Criterion produced or paid for, we'd have a lawyer on our asses. I made a big deal because I don't think it's fair for profit-making corporations to behave in this way. I let them know by posting the proof of my ownership on their wall (two links to blog posts). I looked in Criterion's website for an email and all they had was customer service addresses. You can't email a FB page, so the only choice I had was to alert them publicly. And of course, the internet haters with nothing better to do, always emerge. It's beyond my comprehension that someone would turn against a complete stranger just because for some reason they don't like you. It's funny too. Oh yes, dude...I'm rolling in it because of this blog. Ooo fame, fortune, come to me!!!
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this insignificant little blog THAT NO ONE FUCKING READS is merely my own online journal which I also occasionally use to share the great film-related things LA has to offer. I know I shouldn't care, but I can't help it. People like the person below certainly make me wonder why I should even give a shit. Seriously. I went to the Bergman exhibit and you didn't and that should be enough, shouldn't it? Well, at least some people got to see the Bergman exhibit photos because of Criterion's behavior. Something good came out of it.
I deleted the posts on Criterion's wall. I don't have time for this shit. I have two festivals to prepare for and I'm editing a new film. Too bad a lot of people missed out, but that's the way it goes.