Kapuso star Dingdong Dantes has recently addressed the controversy surrounding the illegal use of his photos on the Kapamilya long-running TV show, “Ang Probinsyano”.
The actor, who was notified by his fans, the DongYanatics about the misuse of his family photos on the show recently, stated that he has decided to share his actions with the public after much consideration.
“A letter has already been forwarded to the production team of Ang Probinsyano. This was done, in good faith, to express my dismay and deep concern. Courtesy and fair practice must always be observed especially in an established industry like ours. But whether or not it is done within the entertainment sector, we should always be reminded of the basic etiquette for online photo use and sharing that includes asking permission and/or citing sources.
“I do hope that this won’t happen again to anyone,” Dantes said.
He also shared an excerpt from the letter that was sent to the producer of the show back on 11 August.
The letter read, “I appreciate that you found artistic inspiration from the original photos. Unfortunately, there is the inescapable consequence that legal and moral rights were violated here. And as you may very well be aware of, established industry practice is against such act as it amounts to disrespect. Worst of all, as a father and husband, I cannot help but feel offended and deeply hurt by such actions, which happened not just once, but twice. Basic rules of courtesy in this case dictate that you first secure permission from the photographer and my family.”
Fans of the actor previously expressed dismay over the illegal use of two images on the show – Dantes and Marian Rivera’s wedding photo (which was imposed with Alice Dixson and Edu Manzano’s face in the 8 August episode of the show), and a photo taken during baby Zia’s baptism, where Zia’s face was not edited out (televised on 9 November 2017).
(Photo Source: Dingdong Dantes Instagram)