Photographer and “Strobist” blogger David Hobby noticed TechCrunch grabbed one of his photos from his “all rights reserved” Flickr stream for use in a blog post today. He’s not happy about it and called the AOL technology news Web site out on taking his work without permission.
“Tell you what. Just ask me for permission to use this picture in these comments and I will grant it,” Hobby wrote in the comments below the TechCrunch article, which was about Twitter’s new look. “[H]aving [my photographs] taken from a place where there is even an ‘all rights reserved’ notice RIGHT NEXT TO THE PHOTO is not cool—even if you run a linked credit.”
Given the subject of the TechCrunch article, Hobby is appropriately also using his Twitter feed to point out the copyright violation to his followers.
Update: TechCrunch and the author of the article have apologized for the infringement and asked permission to use the photo.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the government’s consumer protection agency, says it sent warning letters to 90 Instagram users and marketers, reminding them that sponsored Instagram posts must be clearly identified as sponsored or paid content. The FTC did not release the identities of the Instagram users it warned, but said they included “celebrities, athletes... More ›
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to make the register of copyrights a presidential appointee, instead of a Library of Congress employee. Called the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695), the bill passed the House yesterday by a vote of 378 to 48. The bill is intended to give... More ›
The Estate of Vivian Maier has sued collector Jeffrey Goldstein for copyright infringement and other claims, alleging unauthorized copying, exhibition and print sales of the late photographer’s work. The estate is seeking unspecified damages and lost profits for the alleged violations. According to the estate’s claim, Goldstein acquired approximately 2,000 vintage Maier prints, 20,000 of... More ›