TechCrunch Writer Uses Photo By Nigerian Freelancer Without Permission
A few weeks ago, a TechCrunch writer used a photo of a HP logo by a Nigerian freelance photographer for an article about HP being more reliable than Apple, based on the number of “rescue calls” it has recieved, citing Rescuecom.
The photo (which appears above) was taken in August 2010 by iamniyi on Flickr and has since been viewed over 40 times (to date). The photographer obviously didn’t realise his photo was being used by one of TechCrunch’s blog networks, CrunchGear, until another Flickr user (-Scipio-) commented on the photo. (See below).
“Our members share an incredible amount of amazing work on Flickr. If there is an image you’d like to use, look for the “Request to license” link near the license on the photo page….Not all members have this enabled. If you don’t see it you can also contact the member directly.”
It is obvious that the CrunchGear writer, Nicholas Deleon did not contact the owner for permission to use the photo and did not provide proper attribution for the photo on his article. Instead, he wrote flick’d with a link to the owner’s photo on Flickr.
Here’s his response to the photographer (unedited):
Yup, that was my mistake, I thought your photo was under Creative Commons. It’s taken down now. Very sorry!
Come on, Nick, you can do better than that!
While his reason is somewhat excusable given the speed at which bloggers/writers tend to churn out posts without waiting for permission to use content such as photos, as well as the usual snag of finding the right photos to use, I’d say that Nicholas shouldn’t have assumed that the image was under Creative Commons.
After all, it’ll only take 2 seconds to check that, right?
I’m not sure if the owner of the photo intends to sue TechCrunch for this violation of his copyright ownership of the photo, but I’m just wondering what the case would have been like if it was a Nigerian technology blog violating such a copyright.
TechCrunch should know better.
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