Thursday, May 04, 2006

Swiping Quiet, but Never My Photographs

I posted this note and a similar one to the blogs called Furious Zion and Lord’s Chosen. The blogs are authored by two fellows from the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, who blast the neighborhood around H and 8th Street NE each Saturday with a powered amplifier.

The two blogs are using without permission several photographs featured in the pages of “Quest for Quiet.”
May 4, 2006

Dear Furious Zion:

I hope this note finds you well and that you are enjoying a quiet and peaceful week.

While I don’t mean to be a bother, I think it’s important you be made aware of certain U.S. copyright laws related to photographs.

It has been brought to my attention that your blog website called “Furious Zion,” hosted on Yahoo 360 Pages, displays without permission numerous copyrighted photographs originally published on the “Quest for Quiet” website [ www.questforquiet.org ].

It is apparent that this activity infringes upon my copyrights as the author of the photographs, and I ask that you please immediately remove them from your website.

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, “anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner...is an infringer of the copyright or right of the author. Generally, under the law, one who engages in any of these activities without obtaining the copyright owner's permission may be liable for infringement.”

Furthermore, your postings of the “Quest for Quiet” photographs on the Flickr website at http://www.flickr.com/photos/21035154@N00 erroneously indicate that you are the copyright holder.

For complete details, including penalties, please refer to the U.S. Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov.

I appreciate your prompt cooperation, Furious. In the meantime, have a great week and maybe we’ll see you for what the neighbors hope would be a non-amplified Saturday.

Sincerely,

Klav
Quest for Quiet
www.questforquiet.org

And I received an almost immediate response from Lord's Chosen, who was reading my post to Furious Zion's blog:
To Klav,

Are you going to sue him for pictures of himself you bastard? He never gave you permission to post his pictures all over the internet. Walk carefully in your persuits, we've been doing this for years in many cities through the Spirit of The Most High and Yahawashi.
Bastard? Wasn't I polite enough?

6 Comments:

Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

To be fair, he is blessed by the Spirit of The Most High **AND** Yahawashi.

Last I checked, those two fellows supercede the authority of any of your earthly "copyrights".

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hit the fool with a lawsuit and a spell-checker.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God created you to supply Them with photographs. Bastard!

;-)

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Abu Khamr al-Murtad said...

Well, as a bit of an update, it seems "Furious Zion" (AKA James Henry) has taken down all those photos, and put up photos taken by somebody else (possibly a member of his group). "Lord's Chosen" continues to obstinately employ the photo, and a third member, "Qabalahmath" (AKA "Bamboo," AKA "SuhnSuhn," et cetera) has begun employing those images:

http://360.yahoo.com/qabalahmath

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wouldn't be odd to sue someone for using photos of them you took without their permission?

2:57 AM  
Blogger Klav said...

Ironically, the same First Amendment protects the ISUPK speech and my photography for the "Quest for Quiet" documentary website. The ISUPK are in a public space, engaged in a public event. A private citizen who interacts with the ISUPK becomes part of the public event.

According to the Associated Press libel manual, the courts have ruled that "when a person becomes involved in a news event, voluntarily or involuntarily, he forfeits his right to privacy. Similarly, a person somehow involved in a matter of legitimate public interest, even if not a bona fide spot news event, normally can be written about [or photographed] with safety."

9:23 AM  

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