How does the poster know that the company wasn't already working on the theme already? If they were does that mean they have to abandon it because someone submitted a similar one? There can only be so few themes in existence that similarities happen. How many cowbody and Indian films have you watched that have the same scenery, locations and scripts. Does anyone remember the famous Christine Keeler pose?http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/photograp...ng/modern_icon/
Doe this mean that nobody is ever allowed to photograph this pose again with a different person?
Yes, that's probably fairly close to what I feel too - about images, I have missed out on Christine - but I don't think I'd be happy to see anything of mine ripped off either; there's a difference betwen an icon being used (when it has probably already reaped a fortune) and the work of somebody being stolen by another when they are both relatively modest photographers. In other words, in my days of shooting for House of Fraser in Glasgow, I would have been pissed off is somebody else in the local scene did the same stuff for some other shops... on the other hand, it might have caused legal action that could have raised my
profile a little higher. Oddly - or not - I even had a small problem for a time because I was shooting for McDonalds as well as Fraser Sons, both Buchanan Street, opposite one another, and both House of Fraser. Guess that's a problem with having a style. In a small pond.
Flattery, as in imitation, has never paid the original artist's bills all that well.