Queen Guitarist Lashes Out at Photographer for Reporting Image He Posted Without Credit

25 thoughts on Queen Guitarist Lashes Out at Photographer for Reporting Image He Posted Without Credit

  1. oh come on Fstoppers (and Alex Cooke, who wrote the article, and all the commenters piling on May in the article’s comments).

    You’re leaving something out of this sensational headline: the photographer reached directly for the takedown order, she didn’t first politely bring this to May’s attention and request a credit. She didn’t give him a chance to fix what could have been an innocent oversight. She’s the douche here and May is 110% correct to flame her.

  2. Posting an image taken by someone else without credit to them is essentially theft, its just as bad as downloading his music for free and saying “its okay, I usually pay. You should have just messaged me if you wanted money.”

  3. Some people seem to be missing something… If she had made a video with a Queen song in the soundtrack… Would the band/management reach out through social media to notify? No… You would get a takedown notice.

  4. Brian is the real unprofessional here. No one would have known that a Take-Down Notice existed. This because it is not made public. Only Brian, the Photographer, and Instagram knew, as it should be.
    Brian chose to make it public with his screenshot of the Take Down Notice & the public bashing of the photographer. This drama should have been kept private.

  5. Wouldn’t she have to have a release from him in order to use his image commercially (I.E. not journalistically). Did she have such a release? If not, it seems to me that they both have a legitimate complaint.

  6. As a music photographer I can say from experience that having your art used without credit is annoying and upsetting. I didn’t read anywhere that she reached out to him directly and then took action. Sometimes it’s an honest mistake sometimes it’s a dick move. Regardless she could have handled it a bit better.

  7. In fairness Alex, she could’ve asked him to credit or even ask him for payment if that was her aim (probably not). A take-down notice shouldn’t be the first action a photographer should take, in my opinion. Much better to have a bit of discourse first, and if that fails then by all means take further steps.

  8. You know, this is really funny to me. I know You all are photographers, and try to take this whole copyright thing as seriously as You can, but, for heavens sake, this is a photo of the man in question! Does he have any rights on imagery that depicts him? Even being public person as he is…
    Also, an ask for crediting might be the best solution, as Brian wrote …
    It seems that we must assume that the photographer was actually on a job at the moment of taking photos??
    Then, perhaps it should be that the photographer must give some proof that he/she was hired or accredited to take those photos before he/she asks to remove them…
    I had similar situation couple years ago. Even if the band (Wilco) demanded photos not to be taken except during the pit time, i did steel quite a few later on (had to run away from their 6+ foot 150kg manager too 😀 )
    Anyway, the photos were published and credited properly on their website, but later on they used it few times with NO credit. It DID NOT bother me at all, as I really think the band HAD some rights on them, especially as I was official photographer for the event, so, shared rights should be fair.
    Your/OUR event (gig) photos are usually NOT art. They are more like documents … To make those, You must have technical knowledge, but also a lot depends on band/performer “feeling” and looks, light effects on stage (so stage guys have some credit in it), ambient and stage props … …
    It’s not like we made everything ourselves … Or saw the photo, it happened as combine effort of all people involved …

  9. And this is a perfect argument for why photographers should ALWAYS watermark their images! Then there would be no issues and people would not download the image to use as their own either. Giving credit to the photographer should never be an oversight and if it is, you won’t make that mistake again. Sorry, don’t feel bad for the guy..he knows the ropes!

  10. None of us know the full extent of what happened here. We’re there photography restrictions in place in the first place? Had May been asked if he minded photographers being present? Easy to jump on the bandwagon.

  11. He is lucky he was not sued by the photographer. I know of a photographer who won a suit against a news program for using his image of a band with out his permission or credit. And yes he should know better about copyright images and credits and royalties.

  12. Well, I’ve read the article now. While his response is probably overboard so what her treatment of the issue. She could have handled it better from the beginning even to her advantage, now she’s in the middle of a war of words from which I doubt she’ll exit unscathed.

  13. I think it would stop some of it if FaceBook would remove the option to download any photo that you see. It should be there only for your own photos. I do know there are many other ways to steal photos, but down hand people the tools to do it with.

  14. This make my blood boil!!! So when someone uses his music without permission, he would just “reach out nicely and ask for credit”…. BS, he’d send a cease & desist for copyright infringement and sue for payment! He should thank her for ONLY reporting to Instagram and not sending a letter from her lawyer!

  15. Let’s turn this around.
    A world-renown photographer rants after his video taken down for reporting music he used without credit.
    It would probably be worse since music copyrights are heavily enforced when used in social media.

  16. Ok just going to play Devils Advocate here for a second.

    Firstly he didn’t Lash Out – he took umbrage at her actions. But that wouldn’t be nearly as headline grabbing.

    A simple check on his Instagram page would be enough to verify his claim that he does give credit to photographers (I don’t do Instagram so cannot check this for myself)

    If it was the image posted with this article that is the image in question, its a snap shot. Nothing professional about it. Just a concert goer taking a shot.

    I also recall the utter indignation and contempt many photographers voiced about other other musical acts that have ridiculously tight constraints on fans taking and using images shot at concerts.
    Brian May obviously does not subscribe to this and allows concert goers to take their cameras/phones in without question.

    To instantly go the report/take down route is a knee-jerk reaction and rude considering he has allowed her to take and use images of him but she won’t allow the same back without credit.

    Yes credit is a photographers right and should be upheld. However a simple request to Brian to provide credit should have been the first instance. Everyone makes mistakes and can suffer from brain fade occasionally – we’re only human after all so it goes with the territory.

    He only posted the damn thing on FB – no-one in their right mind would think he was going to use it professionally/commercially. How is she going to use it though. Is she going to try and make $$ off it? If so is she going to reimburse him if she does?

    There is no bad publicity so the saying goes. Now her name is out there so she really cannot complain. People all over the world have heard it and are rallying to her cause. So she is in a win win situation.

    Sometimes its good to see things from another’s perspective. I can totally understand why He would feel indignant over this charade. A simple request for credit would have fixed this storm in a teacup without all the hooha, just treating people with fairness and kindness and allowing that mistakes can be made and rectified. Not rocket science.

  17. Personally, I’m so tired of the photo credit issue. If you’re working with someone to create a photo I understand. If it’s a random shot like 10,000 others, get over it. If a photo is 98% you as the subject and 2% me as the shooter, i’m not going to get dicky about it.

  18. From someone on both sides of the fence (I work as a photog/videog for a musician who’s also my best friend). Brian (if he even runs his own instagram) would definitely know where he found the image, it’s not difficult. I’m sure she probably did message him on his socials and it got lost with the other thousands of story mentions, direct messages and questions that he would get sent every day.

  19. Judging by some of the comments here, I’d expect many of the posters to do just what Brian did. Have a good old bitch about it in public. I’m on Brian’s side, assuming it was all true. She got his IG account locked, why wouldn’t he hit back? She could have handled it better but chose not to. Her choice.

  20. If she had checked his insta page, she would have seen he usually credits the photographers. So she could have known her picture slipped through without credits. In this case reporting it to Instagram is a bit over the top…

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