If there’s one time you really shouldn’t steal an image and (poorly) Photoshop it, it’s probably while campaigning for a Senate seat. Colorado Republican candidates Tim Neville, Tony Sanchez and Laura Woods recently learned this lesson the hard way.
What would you do if you found your photograph misused, not by a celebrity or a company, but by the head of government of a country? That’s the question facing Cambridge, Massachusetts-based photographer Bimal Nepal.
Nepal, a photojournalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, recently found his photograph shared without permission by the prime minister of India.
The Second Amendment was designed to give people the right to the tools to fight back against their government if necessary.
Today we need a new Second Amendment — an express, broad right to film public officials doing public business. Politicians should be made to state a position on the matter.
Nearly $2 million in cameras and production equipment were stolen from three Fremont, California businesses over the weekend. Thieves broke into the offices of Black Magic Design, Mac House Productions, and Core Microsystems, grabbing pricey high-end gear and hauling it off by the boxful.
Update: The company has responded to our request for comment and fixed the issue. See full update at the bottom.
Dick Smith is a leading tech retailer in both New Zealand and Australia, but as an anonymous reader showed us this morning, they might have goofed up in a big way in a recent ad they posted on their Dick Smith NZ Facebook page.
As you can see from the screenshot above, they seem to have ‘appropriated’ an iStock image as the background… without even taking the time to remove the watermark. Read more…
While browsing through my image search results on PIXSY (a new service that finds and invoices image theft for you), I was surprised to see my picture for sale on Etsy (above). My immediate reaction:
- What an ugly mousepad. I’d never print my photo like this.
- The seller seems to be stealing thousands of photos. How could Etsy let this happen?
- Who had the nerve to think they could do this?
So my picture was the party and I wasn’t invited. I decided to see what I could do to notify the seller and contact Etsy about the problem. Read more…
A New Jersey resident was arrested last Friday after allegedly firing a shotgun at and successfully hitting a drone that was taking photographs of a nearby home undergoing some renovations. Read more…
Fair Use for the Rich and Fabulous? —University of Chicago Law Review
Why does a substantial reworking of Catcher in the Rye interfere with J.D. Salinger’s “right not to authorize derivative works” while Patrick Cariou’s photographs are the “raw material” for the “well-known appropriation artist” Richard Prince?
Is a use fair only if Anna Wintour, Brad Pitt, and Beyoncé are there to see it? We recognize that courts must have a means of distinguishing “transformative” uses from “market substitutes,” but in doing so we hope that courts do not convert the right to rework, comment on, or otherwise engage with creative works into a privilege largely reserved for the rich and famous.