Righthaven Sues Radio Giant For Hosting Caption Contest On Denver Post Photo

from the citadel's-lawyers-might-understand-fair-use dept

For the most part, Righthaven has been careful to sue individuals and smaller sites who would have a much tougher time fighting back. However, in its mad dash to sue a ton of websites for using a viral photograph of a TSA agent searching a passenger, it appears to have gone after Citadel Broadcasting, a radio giant, for running a "caption contest" on the photo. We've pointed out in the past that many users of the photo probably have pretty strong fair use claims, and (depending on the details), it seems like Citadel might as well. Plus, Citadel, being a large media company, almost certainly has lawyers it can call on who understand fair use. So this could make for an interesting legal battle if Citadel agrees to fight back.
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Filed Under: copyright, fair use
Companies: citadel, righthaven

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    Kevin (profile), 1 Mar 2011 @ 7:21am


    I think that using a photo as a frame of reference for holding a caption contest would very clear fair use. By your argument a professor holding up a copy of the LVRJ or Denver Post to highlight a story to his class for discussion would be "just trying to use someone's work without permission."(AC, 2011). There you've been cited.

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