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20 June 2006 Blog Home : June 2006 : Permalink

HFM = Happy to Filch Material

At the start of the month I wrote about Michael Yon's issues with HFM who seemed keen to use his photo in violation of copyright. It seemed that a resolution had been reached so I reported that and then ignored the issue assuming that all was fine.

It turns out I was wrong and that HFM's management are the sort of double-talking scum that give publishers a bad name. Mr Yon reports that rather than abide by their agreement they seem to have negotiated that agreement purely as a delaying tactic so that they could successfully launch their junky magazine using his photo.

I think it is important to note that Hachette are owners of a major photo agency. Were I interested in selling photographs through an agency I would avoid Groupe Hachette Filipacchi Photos (GHFP) because I would be unable to trust them to pay me for use of my photos. I should note that google links to my first post on the affair highly when you search for Hachette Photos, with luck linking to it (or this one) will help other would be photographers to chose a different agency.

Previous posts:-
Copyright for me but not for thee and Yon / Shock / HFM update

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