SMART COMMUNICATIONS USED OUR PICTURE FOR THEIR SMARTPHONE AD---without our permission! Flattering but unethical

I was relishing in the fact that that our image (particularly mine, because I am the main subject shown in the picture) was used for their promotional internet ads as shown above. It was quite flattering and indeed it was an honor. But there are unethical issues which I firmly believe involved. First is we weren't asked if it was okay. The owner of the picture claimed sole rights to the image "regardless of the subject". And we were assured it wasn't considered an endorsement". In a way it is okay but the cons outweigh the pros.

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