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I can’t begin to stress just how disturbed I am right now.
Look, I’m a blogger, and a graphic designer. I’m no lawyer, and I’m certainly no better informed than most journalism majors finishing up their junior year as an undergrad. So when Christopher Scott, Enterprise Editor of the Lowell Sun, responds on Facebook to the copyright scandal with the following:
Good morning Jenn. Just want to set the record straight on this one. I’m 99.9 percent sure no one lifted the picture you’re referencing from your FB page. Rather, someone, might have been me, Googled a picture of the mayor and that one was selected.
So let me get this straight. Lifting the photo from Google sans permission is better than lifting this photo from Facebook sans permission? I don’t care where the photo was found via Google images (in this case, Jen says an article from Latitude News “regarding the connection the Mayor has created with the Cambodian community” used the photo with her permission). And then you go and list it in print as a Sun File Photo?
Are you kidding me? Does Scott not have a clue as to how copyright works as applied to the internet?
Bet you dollars to donuts, if I started lifting actual Sun File Photos from their website and putting them on my blog, they’d be after me faster than a canal minnow on tossed bread (and that’s fast, I’ve fed them, those suckers EAT).
Bad form, Lowell Sun, you got caught and called out, and your lame ass excuse just digs you deeper. Just admit it, you know crap all about what you’re doing over there, kids. The Museum truly is a museum - they can’t even catch up to two decades of the internet, for heaven’s sake.
Someone please clean house over there before they hurt themselves.
Update I: Apparently, this is not the first time the Lowell Sun has blatantly stolen photos from others. In fact, it appears to be pretty common. In regards to a recent post on the Lowell Sun Column blog, another commenter on Jen’s status caught them again:
Perhaps the “column” photo was “borrowed” from LHS Photography student Monita Khuth/ http://www.panoramio.com/photo/52773728
These students have produced some outstanding work. And if you keep an eye on them you’ll see their progress year after year.
Check the link…that photo of LHS has a copyright.
Uploaded on May 16, 2011
© All Rights Reserved
by LHS Photo
You can see where the Sun Column blog stole that photo, with apparently zero permission, zero attribution, here.
And from Dan Murphy, the Mayor’s brother:
Not the first time this has happened. The Sun stole a picture of Patrick and his wife off the “Google” when they found out he was getting married.
I’m sure there’s more, anyone wishing to jump in and find more violations feel free.
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