Awkward Stock Photo Blog Hit With DMCA Claim

from the awkward-indeed dept

Brad Hubbard writes "One of my favorite sites, received a legal nastygram claiming that by showing the stock photos from (and linking back, with watermark in place), they were violating copyright. What they were actually doing was driving tens of thousands of hits directly to the iStockPhoto site, and there is at least anecdotal evidence that they increased the number of purchases of these otherwise humorously bad photos.

Sounds to me like these are all perfect Fair Use examples, being stomped by a company that didn't like how its product was being used. That makes me sad, but it's the way things are in the world of harsh ownership."

The blog, if you didn't know, basically found awkward stock photo images, but did so in a very promotional way, linking back to the original, and always including the original watermark. In other words, it was helping to advertise some rather unique iStockPhoto images -- and as the site notes, lots of other sites have done the same -- and even received book deals for it. It seems like iStock's parent company, Getty Images, totally overreacted to a site that was only helping them, and not harming the company at all.

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    someone who sells stock, 6 Feb 2010 @ 6:09am

    This type of site pop up quite often, normally with stolen images and lots of advertising. Buy the images for a dollar or two and take the advertising money.

    As for fair use, I don't think it really applies in this situation. However, I am sure that it could be established either way by going to court. Anyone wont to pay those legal fees, I think Getty has deep pockets to pay its lawyers.

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