- The week here is ending on a very satisfying note. After a friendly reader of this blog alerted me to the misuse of one of my images, action was taken and a letter sent out to the Farnsworth Museum in Maine who had appropriated the image to promote a shibori workshop they were holding. I asked for financial remuneration as well as a public apology and am receiving both. (The caption under my image has been added as part of the solution and is now allowed to remain as a reminder.)
After several very professional and cordial emails back and forth, the Farnsworth Museum has agreed to all my requests and has taken complete responsibility for the oversight. Beyond that, it has taken the opportunity to evaluate and change its procedures regarding the trusting acceptance of images provided by hired instructors. This is the way for us to find a path back to where we need to be in regards to copyright violations. Policies need to change. This is the true path.
This was only one of several images for classes used by this instructor that did not represent her own work.
Instructors who present themselves as something they are not need to be held accountable. I think we all want to trust that what is sent to us for publication is in fact true and honest. These days we can’t count on that and need to have policies in place to guide instructors and employees about copyright issues. Art ethics should be part of every art degree given. Let’s step up to this goal.
I highly commend the actions and attitude of the Farnsworth Museum in the resolution of this matter. Thank you to all who participated here by taking the poll. It is clear that we want change.