Hargreaves Jones: Million-dollar Picture Pirates

Berkeley’s city management paid the Hargreaves Jones (HJ) consulting firm a $1M+ fee for advice on dealing with the waterfront. It wasn’t enough. The firm couldn’t afford an employee trained to ask for permission before using pictures found online. The firm simply took them.

In the latest edition of the Waterfront Specific Plan that HJ put together, there are at least six photos of mine that HJ found online and copied and published without asking permission. Take a look.

What Hargreaves Jones published

Waterfront Specific Plan 10/30/23 page 16
Waterfront Specific Plan 10/30/23 page 105
Waterfront Specific Plan 10/30/23 page 105
Waterfront Specific Plan 10/30/23 page 105
Published on chavezpark.org Dec 8 2020
Waterfront Specific Plan 10/30/23 page 105
Waterfront Specific Plan 10/30/23 page 105

These copied items are in addition to another photo of mine that appeared without permission in the first draft of the WSP. After I notified them, they removed that photo from the second draft. You might think they would then be more careful and check their sources. But no. Instead of pirating just one photo, in the third draft they pirated six.

If you have published your photos of Chavez Park or its surroundings, have a close look at the Waterfront Specific Plan and see if your work has been pirated, too.

— Martin Nicolaus

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6 thoughts on “Hargreaves Jones: Million-dollar Picture Pirates

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  • It goes along perfectly with the rest of their colossal ineptitude.

  • I believe the photographer has legal remedies and can ask for recompense. If this is not forthcoming, time to go to small claims court. The laws on copyright are quite clear.

  • Shame on Berkeley City Management for wasting our money. Folks who walk the waterfront should be the ones who where consulted.

  • Outrageous!! But sadly, not surprising.

  • You can’t make this stuff up, can you?

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