Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Trying to prevent more embarrassment

I've already pointed out how the University of Virginia used one of my images without permission. I think the assumption was that since I had posted it on Facebook, it was fair game (it isn't).

UVa's currently working on a new version of the WTJU website, and have posted a preview for volunteers to look at. And there it is -- my copyrighted image at the top of the page (the original's shown below).

Let's be clear: as a volunteer for WTJU I'm happy to let UVa use the image. But they do have to ask.

To get the ball rolling, I've written the following email to Burr Beard, the general manager for WTJU. Hopefully this will all be cleared up soon.


Saw the mockup for the new website -- it looks really great.

I know you're talking with the UVa legal department about various things, and I'd like to help you keep things in order.

I'm not sure who put the photo of the board operator's hand on the header, but I do know they don't have permission to use the image -- because it's mine. I took that photo and posted it to my Facebook account. Attached is a copy of the original photo, where you can clearly see that I have my Gamut playlist open on the computer screen.

I didn't say anything when it was grabbed for the forum, I thought things were volatile enough.

I'm perfectly happy to allow the station/University to use the image without charge. I'd consider it a donation to the station. But to make sure all the t's are crossed, the appropriate people need to shoot me an email asking permission for use, which I'll promptly reply to.

That way there will be permission on file that just protects everyone (and shows you're on top of things).

Please email the request to:

[I supplied an email address here]

with the subject line:

Photo clearance

I'm very honored that folks considered this image captures part of the spirit of the station, and I'd love to have it used for that purpose.

So here we go: the WTJU copyright issue, day 1.

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