Ok, it’s Not MY photo. It’s on someone else’s blog. But then again, it’s not even HIS photo. Maybe I should be asking what’s wrong with this post, more than the photo. In 63 replies, no one has mentioned that he’s using a very obviously copyrighted photo belonging to the National Geographic Society (NGS). Not only that, but he’s copied it to his own server, rather that posting a text link to where he found it, or to the NGS itself. And now it’s helping him earn money with all of the page views and the Goggle Ad Words. Wouldn’t that make it a commercial use since a revenue stream now is involved? What share of the income from his blog goes back to the photographer? None, I’ll bet. I’ll even bet that the same holds true as to whether he ever queried National Geographic about it’s use. More like – “Hey, Look what I found. It was on the internet, so it must be free and OK for me to use however I want.” At least he left the NGS logo intact.
Let’s just hope that there aren’t any National Geographic Editors or Lawyers reading my blog. – Oh Wait – I haven’t swiped any of NGS’s property. Nevermind.
“Sheesh!” – At least he coulda’ included a link to NGS, right?
Chalk up another one of 10 billion brave-new-world examples of how people (don’t) think about the value of other peoples work in this global internet age. – Maybe I’d feel better about this all if he came an spent about 200 hours interning for me.
P.S. Edit 3/22/06 5:58pm : per a very reasonable request; I’m adding this postscript to say that the person who made the post I refer to in this topic has responded graciously, and made a greater effort to ammend the situation than many others would have done in similar circumstances. I’ve applauded his responsiveness on my site, and his, within the comments area.
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