Sorry about the previous comment; emotions are flying high for all of us on this subject.
If I drew a picture, then you (or anyone else) decided to pixelate it and use it without my permission,
1) Contact you and work something out with you (credit me).
2) Sue you, if you didn't want to credit me.
I won't try to reason with you, because it's clear that it will not do any good.
Yes!! Like children.
This is how everyone that *creates* something feels.
It's personal, it's love, it's something that didn't exist until you created it.
I agree that visual artists should have every bit as much protection under the law as musicians.
Anyone that has ever created anything with their own hands, imagination, and work, loves his creation as if it were his child.
To have someone (in this case, Baio) come along and try to steal your child out from under you and claim that it is his own work, it unforgivable.
It is Theft, plain and simple.
No one could look at the pixelated picture and NOT see that it is Maisel's photograph. It is right there in front of our eyes.
The Fair Use law wasn't created so that people like Baio could get away with theft. That would be an injustice.
The copyright laws were created to protect people from having thier beloved work stolen from them.
In this case, justice prevailed... even if the guilty party doesn't admit guilt.
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