[Kelly] Fajack says he’s not a litigious person and would give groups like NGOs permission to use his images for free. He says he probably would have granted Burundi officials permission to use his picture on their money if they had asked. “Like I said in my lawsuit, I’m not out to take money from a poor African nation,” he says. “In a way I’m honored that my image is on a little piece of African history.”
(found via Boing Boing)
Umm, perhaps someone should tell this guy about the Creative Commons Developing Nations License?
The Developing Nations license allows you to invite a wide range of royalty-free uses of your work in developing nations while retaining your full copyright in the developed world.
I must admit I find it disingenuous that while Fajack is pursuing legal action against Burundi (and those responsible for their currency design), he’s also prominently highlighting their “infringement” of his work in his online bio (since at least May 2):
Recently his photography was…depicted on the 10,000 franc note in the African country of Burundi.
I’m not sure you can simultaneously condemn and celebrate copyright infringement. Kind of takes the oomph out of suing for “unspecified damages.”