In January, I put up a post entitled Being Dion Chang, where I showed a pencil drawing and this screenprint and machine embroidery I’d made from a photo of the local style and fashion guy, Dion Chang. Neither of these is for sale, and it’s clear from my post that I just did it for fun.
Today I got a comment from Dion Chang’s agent, warning me that she is “watching” my blog and “the usage of [Dion’s] image”.
We have corresponded over the matter, and his agent tells me that she believes that as this blog is a public forum, I should have asked permission to post my interpretation of a photo of her client on my blog. She seems to feel that, even if I am not selling anything with Dion Chang’s image on it, I have shown disrespect towards her client by publishing about him on my blog.
I’d really appreciate comment on this from other bloggers out there. I feel pretty upset by her reaction, but perhaps I have done the wrong thing?
Anyway, I’ve asked Dion Chang’s agent to show the pic to her client, and if he likes the embroidery, I’ll send it to him.