As most of my clients know, I have not worked at Chez LeDuc Salon since late June; yet the owner of this business, Charles “Mick” Brady, continues to use pictures of my work while passing it off as their own. Yes, that’s copyright infringement. On June 18th, as my last act as manager of this business, I manually removed these photos from the salon’s website (which I created and built myself). The reason for this action was because I had spent approximately 25-30 hours building the website at home, in my own time, as was never compensated for it. Yet, pictures of my work have been put back on the salon website- with all credits removed. Many of the pictures in question, which feature hair and makeup on several different models, were taken from photoshoots that took place before this salon was even opened. Proof of this can be seen by visiting my online portfolio at modelmayhem.com/hairforhire. Since the dates of these photos precede the beginning of my employment at this salon, it is evident that they are trying to pass off my work as their own. So don’t be fooled. When you view the salon’s photo gallery and see pictures of “our work”, what you are really seeing is pictures of my work, which represents years of professional collaboration and partnerships with photographers and models. Yes, there are a few (2 or 3) pictures on their site of work performed by other stylists, but even these pictures are from stylists who no longer work at Chez LeDuc. This is theft of intellectual property and copyright infringement in its purest form, and like all thieves, the owner of this business belongs behind bars. It’s a lot like McDonald’s airing a commercial of a Whopper and trying to pass it off as its own. Mr. Brady cannot claim ignorance in this matter (although ignorance is an attribute at which he excels), as I have verbally informed him never to use my photographs.
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