Trademark infringement anyone
By the way, American Photo's site is located at www.americanphotomag.com. I wonder if American Photo has considered brining a UDRP proceeding against these folks.
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Blogs have become ever-more commercialized - Fleshbot, for instance, is a profitable site and is one of several owned by Gawker Media - and photographers have begun to complain in industry forums about instances in which their images have been used by various sites without permission. The copyright act protects such usage if it can be said to comment on the imagery as a work of art.Okay, I'll bite. It is a little more complicated than that. Yes, there is such a thing as "fair use" (17 USC Sec. 107) in the copyright act.
[T]he fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.Section 107 provides four guiding factors for a court to use in determining whether a use is fair or not:
(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
Well, I got this far. When I started I wasn't even a bill, I was just an idea. Some folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their local Congressman, and said, "You're right, there oughta be a law. "Then he sat down and wrote me out and introduced me to Congress. And I became a bill, and I'll remain a bill until they decide to make me a law.What the song left out was the role of lobbyist. But, the Wall Street Journal fills us in today with a story (paid subscription required) on Starbucks' fledgling lobbying efforts, that recently won millions of dollars worth of tax breaks for the company.