I've read news stories and flickr accounts of people who discover their images being used without permission for commercial purposes. But given the zillions of images available on the Internet, I never thought it would happen to me. Therefore I was surprised, last December 22, when I opened the newspaper to see a photo of mine reproduced as part of a two-page colour advertisement! The development pictured in the advertisement is going to be built on the lot left vacant by the SuperValu, and I suppose the image of the colourful windows is to give it a feeling of nostalgic continuity.
SuperValu was torn down in 2006. I took nearly 2000 photographs of all stages of the demolition over nearly four weeks. It culminated in a photo exhibit entitled SuperValu Redux, and I chose to use Backlight for all promotional materials for the exhibit including a web site. According to the representative of the developer, my SuperValu Redux web site where the graphic designer found the image (not flickr). This is highly improbable, however, given the low resolution of that particular copy of Backlight.
After some negotiation over payment, the matter has been resolved.