I have recently had a “come to Jesus” moment regarding the use of images on this blog. As you may have noticed, I have recently been using images I took myself for reviews. I will be doing this going forward. When I don’t have an actual bottle available to photograph, I will attempt to have a friend provide me with a photo or get one from the manufacturer or PR firm representing the brand.
As for images I have used in the past, I will be leaving them in place. I have reviewed well over 300 products and it would be largely pointless drudgery to go through and try to figure out where each one came from. The vast majority were from brand websites and I have never had a single complaint about my use of an image. Links to many reviews with such images have been retweeted by brand twitter accounts without complaint.
All that said, I will take down the last two images I used without express permission (the bottle shots of Wild Turkey Forgiven and Crown Royal) pending my own photos, a friend’s or something from Campari or Diageo or their PR people. I will also remove any photos I run across that are clearly not bottle shots intended for general media use. If you, dear reader, notice an image that you own that you wish to be removed, please let me know and it will be removed as soon as possible.
Thank you for reading and happy holidays!