We Greeks have a funny way to deal with copyrights. We just ignore them.
It’s true, and sad. What’s more pathetic is the fact that obvious copyright violations are performed even by professionals. God knows how many times I’ve seen external work used without previous consent in various websites, advertising posters, even book covers. And it makes me wonder : how much were these people paid to perform this kind of “work”?
A relevant example : months ago, I happened to pass by a bookstore, where I saw something familiar : a book, using as a cover a well known picture in Internet artistic cycles, which was hideously “painted-over” to simulate a wine stain over the girl’s dress.
I contacted the artist, just out of curiosity, and I found out (not surprisingly) that of course, he had not given permission for using this picture. I don’t know what came of this story, obviously nothing happened. I find it outrageous though that some designer probably got paid for this kind of job. Well done, mate.
Copyrights policy is not something to be taken over lightly. Just because you found it at Google or an online gallery, it doesn’t mean that you can use it anywhere without asking for permission. Most professional artists I know will willingly give their permission for using their work for non-profit projects. Take your chances.
Greece is a strange country. It has all the manpower and know-how it needs to push its Internet and Web services further, but it also has a portion of absurd Web “professionals” that take away all the credibility we could earn. It is sad.