NSA Infringed Adam Hart-Davis' Photograph For Its PRISM Logo

from the uh-oh dept

Perhaps the NSA has finally met its match: copyright infringement. You may have seen the logo that the NSA is using for the PRISM program (shown here upside down for a reason that will become clear shortly):
Well, it turns out that the prism image that they used is being used without permission. The photo was actually taken by Adam Hart-Davis, a well-known BBC presenter. You can see the original below:

Photo by Adam Hart-Davis/DHD Multimedia Gallery
As Adam's son, Damon, notes in the link above, the image is free for use via his gallery under some simple terms, including acknowledging the author. Damon jokingly suggests asking the NSA for a small donation, though he worries about any undue attention from the folks at the NSA.

Of course, in a country where copyright laws trump all, perhaps Damon could sue for infringement and seek discovery to find out all the documentation on PRISM.
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Filed Under: adam hart-davis, copyright, damon hart-davis, logo, nsa


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    OldMugwump (profile), 13 Jun 2013 @ 9:56am

    Re: Erm...I think they DID have permission

    Ha - irony of ironies.

    I realized I said the NSA was "in the clear". Get it? NSA "in the clear"? I bet THAT doesn't happen very often!

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