It appears as though I am the latest test subject, as their Mail Online web newspaper has decided to publish my urban exploration photos from Gunkanjima without first contacting me to ask permission and without payment. They added a link to my website and finally paid the invoice we agreed on. Not only that, they cut off the watermarks from the bottom of all but one photo and re-sized several, blowing them up to larger sizes which lowered the overall image quality.
As a photographer, that disappoints me more than anything, as the edited images just look terrible.
We're investigating this site and will take appropriate action." Facebook's terms of service require those who want to collect data from its pages to apply for permission, which Cirio and Ludovic did not do when they pulled down publicly available profile information on a million Facebook users.
(They aren't the first to scrape a million Facebook profiles.) Cirio and Ludovic say they will take down a user's profile, if a person asks and the site doesn't have any indication they are actually trying to make any money.
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