Man. There is so much fail in your friend's reasoning process in that scenario, I am not sure where to begin.
For record, I am not saying I agree with the logic, nor even being an apologist for it, only pointing out some of what is going on out there.
Look, we live in a time when the economy is in terrible shape for many people. I know business people, not just photographers, we are having troubles just paying the basic expenses and bills. I am somewhat surprised how little attention that gets here. For example, it is estimated that 20% of all Americans are on food stamps. Does the poor economy not affect anyone where or is everybody posting on this forum in the 1%. I am serious, not saying that to be a troll or a jerk, I am quite honest.
so my point is this - the logic is flawed, perhaps even surreal, but the desperation is honest and real out there. Does it make sense? Do I like it? No. But on the flip side, another friend/business associate of mine recently committed suicide. Maybe I am wandering too far off topic, apologies if I do, but I have friends who life long photographers, professional artists, etc, who are just having a hard time making ends meet. That is all I am trying to point out.
And in these times, when factories and companies overseas are copying and counterfeiting every darned thing they can lay their hand on and ripping off artists and photographers here in North America right, left and centre, why is anyone surprised at the reaction they get shooting photographs at an art fair?
Let me go back to that Key West art fair. People are vetted to get in, and i have personally talked to some people who have travelled not just hundreds, but thousands of miles to get there. One guy as litterally a two thousand mile journey, round trip, there and back, to setup at that art fair.
Say any of you guys did something like that, took your prints down to that or some similar art fair, only to find out a few weeks later somebody copied your photographs and is now mass producing them out of a factory overseas and not paying you a penny, how would you feel? How would you really feel if you lost money on that art fair, you did it mostly for the exposure and the prestige and the advertising, and you found out all your potential sales went down the toilet because of that guy who copied your work?
then a month later, there is no money to pay the bills? How does a person respond then? Logic or desperation? Do you see where i am comming fomr now?
thanks for the soapbox and rant mode time