To give you some context, the business I work for an I enjoyed a post-New Year night out, paid for and sponsored by the business as a thank you for the previous year and to get people motivated for 2017. During this, HR themselves took some photographs of the evening, throughout the evening.
Our office has numerous screens littered around the place, they're typically used for announcements (e.g. someone makes a sale) and advertising (upcoming things we're working on). I was asked by our HR department to put these photos on the screens to remind people of the evening and to have a giggle at some of the photos. The photos were (presumably) vetted prior to me receiving them.
I inevitably had a few e-mails of people asking me for the photos that they can use for whatever they wanted, so I figured I'd upload them to SharePoint and let people download them all or individually. All the photos that I uploaded are one's that were sent to me by HR, and are being shown on the screens to everyone.
I then got an e-mail from HR asking me to send people to HR first if they wanted any photos, after I sent an e-mail telling people to use the supplied link to take any pictures they wanted. My colleague then received a call asking them to be taken down (which I've complied with) stating that it would be "unprofessional" allowing people to download them. I don't know why they called my colleague given they knew it was me who did it.
To me this feels like it's a tad bit of overreach, but is this really unprofessional? The photos I received came directly from HR, they're being shown to everyone anyway, the photo's were taken in a public place, so it's hardly exposing the inner workings of our office, no one is upset with any of the pictures (else I'd expect to have been asked to remove them from the screens). We're also a relatively small, tightly-knit business: 80 people or so.
Is it really unprofessional to let people use pictures from a night out? Or have I jumped the gun?