Doctor Who Uploaded Rorschach Images Now Being Investigated
from the can-we-look-up-witch-hunt dept
A few weeks back, we wrote about the argument over whether or not it was okay that a doctor had uploaded the public domain (and available in pretty much any library) original Rorschach ink blots to Wikipedia. The whole thing was perfectly legal and reasonable in the view of many. But some strong believers in the ink blots seem to think that even though the images are in the public domain, they have some sort of right over them. The thinking, on their part, is that keeping the ink blots secret protects the integrity of the test — which totally ignores the fact that these ink blots are already widely available (and the fact that it seems rather unlikely that all that many people are going to “study up” for their Rorschach tests.
But, it hasn’t stopped a witch hunt against the guy who uploaded the images. Apparently, he’s being investigated by his local doctors’ organization for “unprofessional” actions. The complaints against him are equally ridiculous. They say that this is “serious misconduct” because he “shows disrespect to his professional colleagues in psychology and disparages them in the eye of the public.”
So apparently no doctor is ever allowed to question any methods used by psychologists? Yikes. Talk about a chilling effect.
Even more to the point, I fail to see how sharing public domain knowledge with the world can be unprofessional or an ethical breach. It seems like the exact opposite. I would think it’s a hell of a lot more unethical to trump up bogus ethics charges and investigations against the doctor who actually put that content on Wikipedia.