I know this sounds weird, but someone stripped the metadata from some images I have on Flickr and reused without any acknowledgement on their blog, which was then pinned on Pinterest. I am reluctant to give the blog which did this more traffic, but looking at it makes the point.
I have been thinking about this for a few days, just on and off. They created more work for themselves because they removed the metadata. The real artists are the architects and designers who created the TU Delft Architecture Library, and they don't rate a mention in the blog post either. The name of the library is not even mentioned.
The same image had made its way to Pinterest already
along with several others which people had pinned from my Flickr account. I make my photographs available with Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, share alike licence, so they are easy for other people to use. It would have taken more time to remove the metadata, than to leave it with the image.
The same images have been used before, with attribution, for example on Alloway Library News and Recylart which shows how easy it is.
I am really happy to have my images reused which is why I make them available with Creative Commons Licences. I also do it so that people don't have to ask, they can see from the licence what is possible, and use it.
I came across the example of metadata removal when I was looking for something for work this week on Pinterest which had nothing to do with information desks. I was initially really pleased to see that other people had been photographing the TU Delft Architecture Library as it is a very beautiful library, but then I realised that they were actually my photographs with no attribution. I realise that there would be other examples out there, but I tripped across this one. It was the pettiness of removing the metadata which had me thinking. Flickr makes it really easy to share images and keep all the metadata intact (which is brilliant).
I am going to continue to share my photographs because I think it is helpful, and I know I benefit a lot from other people who share their images for reuse.
If you would like to see more image if the TU Delft Architecture Library, have a look at the slideshow below