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Old 05-05-2021, 09:55 PM   #7
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There are definitely differences between publishing something in print and publishing something online. In the former case, the print run is fixed and when it's done it is done. Once distributed, there is no going back. With on-line publishing, the availability to the public is continuous, not fixed. So if a photographer has reconsidered his/her decision to work with a certain publisher, he/she should have a right to retract permission to continue to use the material. The major advantage of leaving it in place is that if something should happen to the photographer, the work would remain visible for as long as the on-line site continues to exist.

In my view, most photographers have a desire to get their work seen, so if they decide to leave, I would be seriously surprised if they don't simply find another venue. Very few of us shoot solely to sit in a dark room and enjoy the images by ourselves.

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