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In yet another example of a celebrity using their power for evil instead of good, Elon Musk tweeted a photograph of his SpaceX rocket launch yesterday without crediting the photographer. To make matters worse, when he got called out on it, instead of simply tagging the photographer, he deleted the tweet and went on a blocking spree of all the people who suggested he should give credit to the photographer.
After Musk posted this photo yesterday at 6:38 p.m., the photographer behind the photo, Richard Angle, sarcastically posted how cool it was that his watermark made it into the tweet, even if his name didn't.
Well this is cool, my watermark is there! https://t.co/skebHdUlOl— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
And just in case you're not catching the sarcasm, he clarified the next morning.
Ok, so did not expect to wake up to this. Last night I qoute tweeted my picture that @elonmusk tweeted that still had my watermark, that was sarcasm. He should have just RT'd it or added my @. Creators deserve proper credit, we don't make a living from watermarks.— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
Setting aside how awesome, "we don't make a living from watermarks," is as a quote, the point struck a chord with plenty of photographers and other artists on Twitter.
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And some took it straight to the top and tweeted directly at Musk:
Yikes!— John Kraus (@johnkrausphotos) August 7, 2019
I don’t think anyone should be excused from crediting someone else’s photo when sharing it online, hence why I suggested Elon Musk credit @RDAnglePhoto when he shared Richard’s photo — without credit — on Twitter yesterday.
This was the result. pic.twitter.com/seHEWi0jS3
And consequently got blocked because of it.
The love didn't get past Angle.
I appreciate everyone that said I deserved credit for my work, we all do. Thank you @johnkrausphotos and @13ericralph31 and anyone else who got blocked by Elon, I don't think you should have, you are just doing what's right.— Richard (@RDAnglePhoto) August 7, 2019
But, apparently, in the end, Musk didn't respect the work of a relatively unknown photographer enough to add his name to the tweet, deciding instead to delete it.