Do you see what I see? On the left is a photo I took for the fourth edition of The Session from back in 2007 on the topic of local beer. It's from the Kingston Brew Pub and I am quite pleased with it after all these years. Apparently I am not alone as on the right is a page from a menu that was apparently used in 2010 at a bar at baseball's Seattle Mariners home stadium, Safeco Field, a place called the Hit It Here Cafe. Hmm.
I found the image due to the issue being raised by Knut of Norway and then, like him, toying with Google Images' reverse search function. Knut had found one of his blog images being used by a bar in the US and contacted them about it. Then he found it being used in other places and he has received some compensation for and from the sticky fingers of others. I have had to deal with this before. Once I had the fun experience of seeing my own photo in BeerAdvocate magazine. I was not particularly satisfied with that outcome but realized it was worth more to repeat the story than to kick directly at Alstrom shins.
In this case, however, I have no affinity for the Seattle Mariners or the operators of their concession stands. I shall send an email and point out my career path choice to be a lawyer as I do. Not to be a jerk. Just to not be dismissed. But what should I ask for? Wiser people than I recommend establishing the print run of the menus, the duration of their use and total beer sales information before negotiating. It is, after all, a hell of a photo. Thirst inducing even.