Common Courtesy

It is normally common courtesy to atleast tell a photographer you are going to use his photo on the main page of your website. I understand I uploaded the photo here, but the least you guys could have done is let me know it will be used on the main page. I have no problem letting flightaware use the photo, but I am a little dissapointed you guys did not atleast notify me.

The photo in question: … N410ST;o=0


I guess you didn’t read the Media License before you uploaded your photos, did you? You have no basis for complaint.

FlightAware Media License

Do not submit content you do not own (e.g., work belonging to someone else or that you found on the Internet).


Any submitted content must not infringe on the trademark, copyright, or parent rights of any third property. FlightAware has the right to moderate, modify, or delete any and all images or media without prejudice.

Image Ownership

The owner/submitter of any content continues to retain ownership to the submitted content.

FlightAware License

You grant FlightAware a worldwide, royalty-free, unlimited, irrevocable license to use, transmit, distribute, and sell any submitted content.

(Emphasis added!)

Alex, thanks for your contribution. I’ve made sure that you got the appropriate photo endorsements that will be reflected on all your photos, squawks, and at the top of all FlightAware pages when you’re logged in…

I read it, my complaint wasn’t on the basis that they couldn’t, it was that they did it in poor taste. But thanks for trying to belittle me, I really appreciate that.

Thank you. I know you do not have to, but in the future an email letting the photographer know his/her photo will be used on the website will go a long way. If you treat the photographers well we will continue to give you good photos.


:confused: I suppose that one would find it difficult, given the FA License agreement, to understand what was done in “poor taste”. Just because you weren’t notified?..

You are welcome to find it in anyway you would like. I am telling you how I find it. They can use the photo however they see fit, but common courtesy would be to let the photographer know. I always viewed Flight Aware as an aboveboard company. The right thing to do would be to notify the photographer, even if it is not required to do so by the agreement.


David and the FA Staff,

Please send Alex a congratulatory card informing him of the use of his picture. Make sure to mention that his prize is a year of free membership to FlightAware, as well as a cardboard plaque to hang on his wall.

Thank you for your time.


Nobody’s attempting to belittle you, well OK, a little bit, but the only “poor taste” was shown by your carping in public about having your nose bent out of shape about something so trivial.

Next time try sending a PM to one of the Admins rather than using the public forums to let everyone know your feelings were hurt.

When you start throwing bricks in public about common courtesy, make sure you’re on a well built foundation!

Well Alex…if you’ll note I said “one” not me or I. But since you’ve turned it that way, yeah, you’re being overly sensitive. It’s a nice shot and you should feel a sense of honor that the FA staff thought so too and gave it and thereby you, in good taste, some recognition.

It isn’t that great of a picture.


You’re going to hell Rob!

Whomever gets there first, keep the beer cold… :wink:

A PM or an email to the admin would have been the best course. My intent was not to “carp in public”. I have been in the photography business for a few years, I guess my expectations are too high. I am not sure what the quality of the photo has to do with the conversation.


Does this mean i have to ask before i use the Flight Tracker page :confused: :cry:

Then you’d know what you were getting into when YOU uploaded YOUR pictures to this or any website. If you’d like to take this further, please contact the service department at 1-800-WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


Sorry photographers, but it’s only a picture fer goodness sake. Lighten up.

Freakin’ priceless! Well done, sir. By the way, the beers are already iced down.