Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Daily Mail : Thieves When It Comes To Copyright

Daily Mail steals Bloggers Images then refuses to pay up.

Daily Mail accused of photo theft

Daily Mail still stealing online content

Daily mail Accused of lifting Flickr Images
So, yesterday the Daily Mail shuts down for copyright infringement whilst claiming that they were entitled to recover all of the - in the words of the lawyers representing Associated Newspapers - ’ill-gotten profits’ made by as a result of caching Mail Online articles.

As usual, the Daily Mail is being deeply hypocritical and relying – once more – on simply bullying the opposition with expensive lawyers because the Daily Mail have a deserved reputation for stealing online content without any attempt at payment or attribution.

You see, the Daily Mail can always find money for expensive lawyers, but they cannot find money to pay others for the use of their content; in the same way that they can moan that have stolen precious web hits yet when they steal stories from websites they don’t even have the courtesy to provide a weblink.

The Mail is happy to apply the dark arts to steal online content, but is not prepared to engage in any form of standard web etiquette.

The Daily Mail have, allegedly, been nicking photos again. And the owner of the photos is not happy. Really, they are in fact $1.5 million not happy
Florida based celebrity photo agency Mavrix have filed suit against the British newspaper for multiple copyright infringements, and are seeking statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement. With up to 10 images involved the total sought comes to $1.5m plus attorney’s fees and “any such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and appropriate”.

There is an informal badge of honour that exists amongst bloggers that marks you out as someone who has caught the eye of the mass market media, but are deemed to be too small to be of consequence.

It’s the moment a newspaper nicks a photo or other content from a blog and hopes you wont notice.

It turns out that I have been inducted into this dubious hall of fame, after serial copyright infringers, the Daily Mail decided to write an article, and use my photos to illustrate it.

The blog post in question is the one the other day about the anniversary of the Cock Lane ghost.

To be honest, not one of my best, as there wasn’t anything new I could add to the story other than marking an otherwise probably overlooked anniversary.

It is, to historians at least, very well documented, and the Wikipedia page is unusually detailed for something that took place 250 years ago.

I trawled through my own collection of vintage newspapers and engravings to see if I could add much more to the story – but ended up with a summary of the facts.

I did however visit Cock Lane to take a photo of it as it is today, and got copies of a couple of contemporary newspaper reports.

You can imagine my surprise then when one of the newspaper scans, and my photo of Cock Lane appeared in the Daily Mail.