Denver News Crew Accidentally Livens Up Broadcast With An Inappropriate Image 'Borrowed' From The Web

from the of-the-two-titles-presented,-I-know-which-one-I'd-be-more-likely-to-read dept

It's a well known fact that many people mistake Google's image search for a license-free stock photo repository. Of course, many people are unaware (or simply uninterested) in the nuances of copyright law, making liberal borrowing of images the norm, rather than the exception.

On the other hand, members of industries that rely on the protection of copyright laws shouldn't have to be reminded that "running an image search" is not even in the same neighborhood as "properly sourcing a photo." This distinction is even more important if you're in a business that relies on integrity, along with various IP laws. Having a staffer just grab an image from "The Internet" for use during a news broadcast could, at the very least, put you in the situation of having to pay up and apologize publicly for using someone else's photo without permission. At worst, you could find yourself on the receiving end of a lawsuit.

Somewhere in between these two situations lies another scenario: the photo picked hurriedly from the lineup presented by Google Image search is quite possibly THE WORST PHOTO THAT COULD HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. Charles Apple of the American Copy Editors Society has the details on how grabbing a random image resulted in some serious embarrassment for a Denver news team.
The folks at Denver's ABC-affiliated 7News last night ran a story about the David Petraeus sex scandal, his "mistress," Paula Broadwell, and her biography of Patraeus, All In.
Except instead of pulling an actual copy of the book cover, somebody just ran a Google search and pulled in the first thing they found. Which, unfortunately for 7News, was an altered copy of the book cover.
On the left, here, is the actual book cover. On the right is that image 7News pulled, most likely from a Google search.

Now, this sort of thing could have happened to anybody, but it really shouldn't be happening to professionals. But, as Apple points out, this sort of sloppy work is far from rare and he's got a long, long, incredibly long list of links to prove it (scroll towards the bottom of the page). A combination of careless image sourcing and less-than-thorough copy editing resulted in a situation that was likely much, much funnier to everyone not employed in certain positions at KMGH-TV. The news director has since offered an apology for the "regrettable and embarrassing error" and has promised to take steps to make sure this sort of mistake doesn't happen again.

Well, we'll see. Apple's list contains a lot of repeat offenders. In the meantime, KMGH-TV can be happy it accidentally added a bit of levity to its viewers' lives and added to the pantheon of screw-ups forever enshrined on the web.



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    Rekrul, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:26am

    Did the presenters comment on the image, or did it slip by unnoticed until people started pointing it out?

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:29am

    *Snicker*

    Oh dear...

    "Mommy, what's a snatch?"

    I can just hear the children asking that question now.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:30am

    I like the fake title better.

    I would be more inclined to buy the book if it was actually titled All up in my snatch. LOL Too funny.

     

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    arcan, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:40am

    I got a better one, an Australian history exam had a picture of a painting of the russians storming the winter palace during the revolution, except they were being led by a battlemech, a MAD-3R Marauder.

    http://io9.com/5960510/thousands-of-australian-students-are-taught-that-robots-led-the- russian-revolution

    :D

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:47am

    lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    You (all writers at Techdirt.com) are either schizo or don't get your message across at all: "It's a well known fact that many people mistake Google's image search for a license-free stock photo repository. Of course, many people are unaware (or simply uninterested) in the nuances of copyright law, making liberal borrowing of images the norm, rather than the exception." -- Now, isn't it Mike's notion that one should be able to grab ANY image (or music, or even entire $100M movie) out there for any desired purpose including "monetizing" it, that he wants to do away entirely with copyright? Why else the constant railing over stupid applications of copyright "law"? How else can Mike wail that Megaupload should be allowed to operate with nearly all obviously infringing content? -- But a single image should be selected with regard to nuances? HMM. You guys got some 'splainin to do, cause I'm getting mixed messages here. -- And short topical pieces like this don't explain or illuminate anything, are only fluff.






    Click here for Mike "Streisand Effect" Masnick!
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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:53am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Oh look, the resident moron has come out to spew his idiocy once again.

    If you were able to actually read and understand what Mike has written, you would realize how ignorant you sound.

    I'm guessing that if you looked up your family tree, it would only go straight up, no branching at all.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:54am

    Was it really "accidental?" Seems like the work of a disgruntled employee to me. The reason I say that is, just out of curiousity, I tried a Google image search for "All In" in various forms, and the only "All Up In My Snatch" pics that showed up were the screen captures that is shown in this article. Nowhere did they have just the fake cover. All of the searches had the actual cover within the first page or two. Same with Bing.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:55am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Reading comprehention fail. Trolling success?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:59am

    Re:

    Disgruntled or just had a sense of humour.

     

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    Keii (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 7:59am

    Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    You only need to scan his posts for the word "Mike" to know it's immediately irrelevant.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:03am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    [Yawn]

     

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    kenichi tanaka, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:07am

    What the fuck? I laughed my fucking ass off over that one. lols

    This is the most hilarious news article that Techdirt has ever posted.

    "MOMMY? DO I HAVE A SNATCH?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:09am

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    Probably put it in there thinking s/he'd remove it before airing and then got stuck in traffic or summin =P

     

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    PaulT (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:21am

    Re:

    "I tried a Google image search for "All In" in various forms, and the only "All Up In My Snatch" pics that showed up were the screen captures that is shown in this article."

    In all fairness, the results of that search will have changed significantly once people started posting the screencap.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:28am

    Re:

     

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    PaulT (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:29am

    Re: Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Yep, it barely matters about the blatant lies, distortions and barely competent writing skills. The fact that he obsessively attacks Mike in response to articles he didn't write is enough to know he's not dealing with facts.

    Does anyone know what his "signature" is about btw? I've only noticed it recently, and I can't think of any sane or logical reason why he's putting it there. Maybe I missed the article where he managed to translate some of his thought processes into something resembling sanity? I doubt it, but who knows...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:36am

    Seems to becoming the norm of pulling graphics off the internet. A few months ago I started noticing my local news playing youtube quality videos instead of the usual stock from the production source. I figured it was either file format or ease to secure lisence, assuming the channel owner has the rights.

     

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    Shadow Dragon (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:39am

    Pohotoshop anyone

    Damn Photoshop is that sophisticated that a local tv station can't tell the difference.

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:39am

    And I thought it was just some staffer on his last day on the job.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Maybe I missed the article where he managed to translate some of his thought processes into something resembling sanity?

    I don't think recording industry shills are capable of forming sane thoughts.

    If however, you want to deal with lies and biased statements, then you need to look no further.

    I wonder if the RIAA/MPAA pay him for each post, or is he on a retainer.

     

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    Yakko Warner (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:52am

    Non sequitur, Tim

    You lost me when you used "relies on integrity" in an article describing a TV newscast.

     

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    Nastybutler77 (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:53am

    Re: Re:

    "In all fairness, the results of that search will have changed significantly once people started posting the screencap."

    True, but you'd think that the photoshopped version would now rank higher as well. Not the case.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    My hypothesis is that the signature thing is an attempt to generate some evidence to his paymasters that he has tremendous influence here.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:05am

    I believe this image is from a SNL skit.

     

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    DanZee (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:06am

    Paying Attention

    The station could just say that it wanted to see if viewers were paying attention and to look for an inappropriate picture in every newscast. Ratings could skyrocket!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:11am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    And as a professional fluffer, no one knows fluff better than you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:19am

    Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Sorry, that was a question. Forgot the question mark. ??

     

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    DS, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:20am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    It's weird... although there are more words in the troll posts, there's even less and less thought involved.

    I'd swear that TopCoder from TheDailyWTF finally to residence.

     

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    DS, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:24am

    Re: Paying Attention

    I smell a CONTEST!!!!

     

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    Ruben, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:32am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Give me one good reason that this shouldn't be the case. I mean if it's there for the taking, why can't I do what I please with it?

    Oh, you seem to have gone away.

    I really wish it was for good.

     

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    Zos (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:41am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    and like everything else you do, you screwed it up. it's lol wut? or lolwut?

    dafuq man. if you want to be all 1337 on teh interwebz, get your shit together.

    also why u mad bro?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Actually it's just that if there are less words it leaves more to the imagination, and we imagine things far more sanely than they are capable of.

     

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    Rick Smith (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 10:09am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    OFTB, first thing I suggest you do is to at least direct your rant at the correct person, Tim Cushing has the By line on this.

     

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    Digitari, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 10:31am

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    OOTB is a fucking freetard and ADMITS it

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111208/12500917012/riaa-doesnt-apologize-year-long-blog-cen sorship-just-stands-its-claim-that-site-broke-law.shtml

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

     

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    Joshy, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 10:50am

    I hate to be a grammar nag but I quickly scanned the article and somehow missed the first time or two that Apple was actually Charles Apple and not Apple computers promoting there image scanning software that does a better job than Googles


    Hopefully for such an easily confused name and on a Tech board that discusses Apple so often. He could be referred to Mr Apple and not just Apple.


    Again nit picky and won't happen often however the use of just the last name completely threw me off and left me with a different message until I reread/continued to read

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 10:54am

    Re: Re: Paying Attention

    Does it smell like tuna?

     

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    Boes, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 10:58am

    I am still wondering why a company is permitted to just say sorry for using a picture with out permission and that's ok, but if I myself use a picture with out the rights I am likely to be sued for copyright infringement.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 11:58am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "True, but you'd think that the photoshopped version would now rank higher as well. Not the case."

    Depends on where the picture came from. If it originally came from 4chan (looks like it to me), that original is gone. Possibly gone for days or even weeks, long enough for the viral aspect of the picture to go away.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Nov 20th, 2012 @ 12:06pm

    Re:

    > I hate to be a grammar nag. Hopefully
    > for such an easily confused name and
    > on a Tech board that discusses Apple
    > so often. He could be referred to Mr
    > Apple and not just Apple.

    That has nothing to do with grammar.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 12:07pm

    Re: *Snicker*

    It's the thing from Harry Potter!

     

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    Zem, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 12:44pm

    WTB More

    Gotta love this sort of thing. And we need way more of it. An internet awash with parody is one of the more elegeant ways of counteracting large media interests attempt to control content.

    Image if the first few 100 "mickey mouse" images that popped up on a google image search were all parodies of some kind.

    It's a nice way of siezing back culture without breaking the law.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 1:02pm

    Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    No. It never has been, and never will be. Turning infringement to your own purposes is not the same as supporting said infringement. It's just the cheaper, more sensible option. Of course, you don't care, because in your mind if you don't get paid for every little goddamned thing, then it must be illegal and fought tooth and nail, right down to personal bankruptcy.



    Idiot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 20th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Re: lol whut? (I've been aching to use that!)

    Your link. It is broken.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 24th, 2012 @ 5:51am

    ROTFL xD

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 14th, 2013 @ 10:05pm

    The London Olympics logo mashup is the best.

     

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