Elon Musk Has Been Blocking People Who Remind Him To Credit Photographers
By Mikelle Leow, 08 Aug 2019
Image via JStone / Shutterstock.com
Elon Musk is irking the creative world again. This time, he’s not just leaving out accreditation from work he has reused or shared, but also blocking people who urge him to attribute creators.
On Tuesday, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX posted a photo of a lightning strike behind SpaceX’s spacecraft on Twitter. “Ride the lightning!” he tweeted.
According to PetaPixel, Musk’s now-deleted post received over 70,000 likes, 6,000 retweets and more than 1,000 comments as of Wednesday.
Some of his 27 million followers recognized the picture to have been taken by photographer Richard Angle, who specializes in astrophotography. They also requested he credited Angle for the work.
At least three people who reached out to Musk asking for attribution soon found out that they were blocked by the SpaceX founder on Twitter.
As for Angle, he tweeted Musk’s post and jokingly wrote, “Well, this is cool, [at least] my watermark is there!” later explaining that his remark was “sarcasm” and that Musk should have let him know he was using the photo.
“Creators deserve proper credit,” the photographer explained. “We don’t make a living from watermarks.”
Responding to Twitter users who said the exposure should be enough, Angle reminded that his tweet to Musk attained about a million impressions, “[but] do you think I sold any prints? Nope.”
In addition, he thanked those blocked by Musk for standing up for him. “I don’t think you should have [been blocked]. You are just doing what’s right.”
Musk, finally realizing he’s been in this predicament before, deleted his tweet.
The tech honcho has been criticized in the past for an apparent lack of regard towards artists, once commenting that it would be “kinda lame” for creatives to sue him for copying their work.
“He made thousands of dollars as a result [and] now wants more money…” Musk addressed last year in response to an artist whose creation he purportedly stole. “How much money does [he] want for this terrible transgression?”
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch as seen from Playalinda Beach, 3.9 Miles North of Launch Pad 39A from r/pics
Yikes!— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) August 7, 2019
I don’t think anyone should be excused from crediting someone else’s photo when sharing it online, hence why I suggested Elon Musk credit @RDAnglePhoto when he shared Richard’s photo — without credit — on Twitter yesterday.
This was the result. pic.twitter.com/seHEWi0jS3
Well this is cool, my watermark is there! https://t.co/skebHdUlOl— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
Ok, so did not expect to wake up to this. Last night I qoute tweeted my picture that @elonmusk tweeted that still had my watermark, that was sarcasm. He should have just RT'd it or added my @. Creators deserve proper credit, we don't make a living from watermarks.— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
There have been over 900,000 impressions, probably almost a million now, you think I sold any prints? Nope.— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
I appreciate everyone that said I deserved credit for my work, we all do. Thank you @johnkrausphotos and @13ericralph31 and anyone else who got blocked by Elon, I don't think you should have, you are just doing what's right.— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
[via PetaPixel, images via various sources]
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