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Saturday, September 06, 2008

 

Fake Sarah Palin Photo and Needless Mischief

Judah Freed opposes Sarah Palin, but points out that fake photos of her do damage to political discourse.

Judah Freed e-mailed me about my post:

Thank you for the compliment of reprinting my Examiner.com posting on the fake Sarah Palin photo.

However, I need to let you know that you are violating U.S. copyright law by publishing the whole work of another writer without prior permission.

Additionally, since Examiner pays me by the number of page views, you are depriving me of income by posting my article on your blog.

Therefore, please delete my posting from your blog and substitute the URL instead (Just click my name above for the URL.)

If you with to keep quotes from my article here on your blog, that's fine. Please note that you can quote portions of another person's intellectual property (IP) under the copyright rules of "fair use," but you cannot legally publish the entire posting of another author without permission.

So, thank you for changing your posting in accord with this comment. I am grateful for your willingness to honor my property rights and my livelihood as much as your are honoring my thoughts through posting my article here.


This is the first time I have gotten such a request and since it may affect Mr. Freed's livelyhood, and the request was polite, I have taken the photos down. I am left to wonder whether he would have made this request if he were not an Obama supporter?

Basically he says that the smears and gutter politics used against Palin are backfiring and wishes that Obama’s supporters would stop it. In this he’s right. Obama supporters are the McCain camp's "secret weapon."

For his own politics here’s what he writes regarding Sarah Palin
Regardless of the positive spin being put on her nomination by Republican Party spokepersons during the GOP convention this week, anyone with a trace of logic and common sense can conclude after minimal research that Sarah Palin clearly is unqualified for the office of vice-president or president. (See my earlier posting about the Alaskan woman who's known Palin for years.) Palin's lack of gravitas for top national leadership calls into question the judgment of John McCain, who chose his running mate after only one personal meeting.

I question the judgment of someone who supports a candidate for President who has actually less experience and (poorer judgement) than the Vice President on the Republican ticket.

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It's not even a rifle for crying out loud! It's a BB gun!
 
Thank you for the compliment of reprinting my Examiner.com posting on the fake Sarah Palin photo.

However, I need to let you know that you are violating U.S. copyright law by publishing the whole work of another writer without prior permission.

Additionally, since Examiner pays me by the number of page views, you are depriving me of income by posting my article on your blog.

Therefore, please delete my posting from your blog and substitute the URL instead (Just click my name above for the URL.)

If you with to keep quotes from my article here on your blog, that's fine. Please note that you can quote portions of another person's intellectual property (IP) under the copyright rules of "fair use," but you cannot legally publish the entire posting of another author without permission.

So, thank you for changing your posting in accord with this comment. I am grateful for your willingness to honor my property rights and my livelihood as much as your are honoring my thoughts through posting my article here.
 
Thank you for responding to my request to remove the whole of my Examiner article and instead publishing only a section under the rules of "fair use."

Yes, I would have made the same request regardless of your political viewpoint. It really is a matter of copyright and livelihood. In fact, I have made similar requests of others across the political spectrum.

Educating folks about copyright laws is an ongoing little crusade of mine, I admit. My humble view is that it's an issue of property rights. Intellectual property is similar to real property, in that you do not want someone using your car or your house without your permission, right? And if your car or house is your main source of income, you need to be watchful, would you agree?

I was able to publish in my Examiner column the original photo of the young woman from Georgia (who's head was replaced by Sarah Palin's) because I first obtained permission from the photographer. People usually are quite generous with sharing their work if asked first, I've been grateful to discover.

Also, as you observe, I've learned the hard way to be polite when informing others about a copyright infringement. Getting puffy and huffy about violations produces the opposite results of what I want. I've learned that in most cases the re-publication of my work without permission, actually, is a rather nice compliment, so courtesy is appropriate.

Anyway, thanks again for responding in such a speeding and positive way!

I hope that in future you feel free to post your comments at my Examiner site. Whether you agree with me or not, your views are always welcome. The exchange of facts and opinions among people of good will, I'm convinced, always strengthens democracy.
 
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