I was walking around SM Muntinlupa this afternoon after leaving my bag to be repaired when a young man approached me and gave me a magazine. I didn’t know SM have one but as I expected, it was about what you can spend your money on.
I was about to throw the magazine away when I saw a feature on tourist spots around the country. I said to myself, well, that’s nice at least people can learn something about Filipino history. There’s a picture of the Aguinaldo mansion in Kawit and a brief history of the iconic house.
Then, there’s a feature about Muntinlupa with the title “Welcome to the Emerald City”. It was great finally seeing an article about the other attractions of Muntinlupa (besides the infamous prison) Then I saw this picture of “Jamboree Lake” that caught my attention. The picture looks familiar so once I got back home, I reviewed the photos I have under Muntinglupa and made an interesting discovery.
I was the one that took that picture!
The original post where this picture first appeared can be found here (click here). They cropped the picture possibly to make it look different. This picture of Jamboree lake was taken just a few months ago.
This is not the first time that something like this happened. I remember seeing a picture from this site in Lourd de Veyra’s report (ABC 5) about Jose Rizal. My image was intentionally blurred but I remember that photo of Ambeth Ocampo and me (taken in 2008) in Ayala. It was taken during one of his seminars, ironically, about photographs.
Going back to that magazine. I believe that printing a person’s photo or any artistic work without permission is just wrong and unethical. There should have been an acknowledgement at least. It’s unfortunate that very few people have the decency these days to ask first. But then again, this is the internet, there’s very little you can do to control it.
Having a lot of materials here (pictures and articles) I’ve accepted the fact that some people would copy them and I have no trouble with that for as long as it’s used for educational purposes and that they acknowledge the source.
Just give a little credit where it’s due. A simple holla at, or shout out to, or whatever you call it these days.
But you know, I’m cutting these people some slack because at least they used that photo to promote Muntinglupa (you would be hard pressed to find any good write up about the town these days). I’m going to take the good and leave the bad on this one.
Their section promoting history and tourism pretty much makes up for their unauthorized use of my photo.
So… thank you, SM?