Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sarah Palin S PAC Sued for Copyright Infringement

Sarah Palin S PAC Sued for Copyright Infringement

This is something to take note of, because there are a growing number of litigious photographers, both amateur and professional, that are going after anyone and everyone for using photos without permission. I've been reading amateur blog posts on this topic for over a year, where harmless bloggers who didn't think they were doing anything wrong wound up in litigation thanks to copyright laws that seem to be all over the place with anything online. And there is no warning take down notice required to file suit, as it stands right now. In other words, you don't get a second chance.

In this case, a Sarah Palin Super PAC was sued by a northern NJ newspaper group for using a photo without permission on a web site and on facebook. Yes, it can happen on facebook, too, if the photographer decides to pursue legal action.

A New Jersey-based newspaper publisher is suing Sarah Palin and her political action committee for copyright infringement over the use of an iconic Sept. 11 photograph.

A lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan federal court by North Jersey Media Group Inc. says Palin's SarahPAC posted a copy of the photo on its website and Facebook page without permission.

I rarely post any photos now, unless I take them myself or I'm positive they are free to share. I find them at places like morguefile.com, or at wiki commons. The photo I posted with my 9/11 post was found here. And frankly, I've even backed off on doing that because I've read that there are people posting photos in various places and claiming they are free to use and they really aren't. In spite of this, you can still be sued for copyright infringement.

I'm going to try to follow this to see what happens. I'm curious to see if eventually there's a take down notice requirement enforced before someone can file a law suit, which is only fair to people who are not doing anything with malicious intent. And that's probably most amateur bloggers like me who are just doing our best to get it right.

With that said, if anyone wants to share a photo I've taken for this blog, feel free to use anything I put up as long as you link back to me and give me credit. You don't have to contact me or ask permission. The link back to me shows you had no intent to claim the photo as your own.  


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