Photography Question: Too Much Lavender, or Too Much Brownshirt?

October 15, 2008 § 4 Comments

Someone claims to want to send Jeff Culbreath an invoice for $1500 for putting up a picture – found in an article posted on line, which he excerpts and to which he links – of San Francisco first grade school children on a field trip to a lesbian “wedding”. I’m no lawyer, but it seems to me that Jeff’s blog post is commentary/criticism and is therefore fair use.

How much you wanna bet that if he had posted a photo of a car show or something he would never have heard from the Internet Photography Gestapo?

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§ 4 Responses to Photography Question: Too Much Lavender, or Too Much Brownshirt?

  • Lydia McGrew says:

    I asked around and got an opinion (I promised the person giving the opinion that I wouldn’t reveal his name) that it probably is, technically, a violation of fair use, because Jeff wasn’t commenting on the photo but on the story the photo illustrates.My guess: It’s one of those violations that people commit unknowingly, without meaning to break the law, so often that it is rarely pressed but sits around providing an opportunity to intimidate and harass ideological opponents who commit that particular innocent mistake.

  • zippy says:

    I suppose he might consider adding a comment on the photo and media complicity, then. That should take care of the fair use objection.

  • Lydia McGrew says:

    An interesting idea. “I’m commenting on this photo now, because this is the photo the media is hassling me over in what I suspect is a partisan attempt to bug bloggers.”

  • e. says:

    I wonder if Zippy realizes that he has become the subject of JA.O’s vitriol along with Shea.

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