They do this because it is a time honored way of dealing with "Threats to internal security." It's something used against many threats like the Black Panthers and AIM. Infiltrate peaceful/passive group that has captured the attention of the powers that be, identify a fringe member willing to do violence, fund and aid that member, "capture" that member, blame the target group. PR success! Used to be that the media would approach the subject with a somewhat "Suuuuure, the FED made them do it, you paranoid nutbag" attitude, but that is changing. Has a very Sun-Tzu like feeling to it though, doesn't it.
I'm going to guess, before RTFA, that the photographer catches the copyright/IP suit, and that the other two catch libel suits. They're not in trouble for using the images so much as attaching her identity, thru the token of her face, to homosexuality and cheating on her husband.
"Hi, Northface CEO here. Please stop making money by making fun of me and my company."?
What are the SF guys going to say? "Oh, sorry, making millions IS a bad idea. We'll just go back to that job we hate."? I know someone who makes parody t-shirts and items and he attempts to provoke this kind of suit just for the attention, it increases sales and gives him something else to point at and say "Oh, Yeah, they deserve my mocking. look at what A$$#@!3$ they are." If he got that call, he'd find some way to bait them just before hanging up on them.
Is Network Solutions their host or their register? If they're the host, this is very bad news, but if they're just the register, move your domain to another register and continue operations as normal within 24 hours. Heck, tell a few sites your IP number and have the traffic come in without the aid of the "name shortcut" industry.
In most cases you can get another account at another provider in a day or two and be up and running again, even if they were your host.
I can remember when you managed your own name shortcuts and DNS was for those folks who couldn't use their hosts file. Now get off my lawn, you punk kids.
My uncle, who is also a mountain climber, climbs mountains and takes photos. Often dangling from a ledge. He uses film and offers a limited run of prints for sale. There's no animosity for people who borrow electronic copies of the pictures, because what he's selling isn't an 'image', but an actual physical printing of that image. He does business over the internet, and ships people their art in a box.
It's possible to make money as a film and apature photographer, as long as you allow for the stock image people and the ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MARKET they're in. In much the same way that artists in the Letter Press Card arena don't sell LaserJet ink. I'd even argue that StockPhoto sites have put the ART back into picture taking and taken over the commodity-style work.
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