June 02, 2006
Outrage on top of outrage
Michael Yon has a full and disturbing account of how a French conglomerate called HFM put his photograph of a U.S. soldier cradling a mortally wounded Iraqi girl on the front page of a new trashy exploitation mag. Over the Memorial Day weekend they used his photo (of a soldier behaving in the most honorable way possible) in a manner which dishonors soldiers. And on top of that, they're now suing Michael Yon for defamation!
Words fail me.
Here's an excerpt from Michael Yon's post:
Like most illegal usages, this only came to my attention after readers found it. Once I began trying to clear my name, several bloggers wrote about it and published contact information to the publisher, who began getting a flood of complaints. That’s when the publisher turned around and threatened me, in writing, with a defamation lawsuit. That’s no misprint: they took my property, used it a vulgar way, further dishonored our military and our country by timing their inaugural launch to Memorial Day weekend, and then, when some patriotic bloggers dared to call them to complain about it, they threatened me. People who go into business deliberately seeking to offend and insult others should probably get used to complaints.The whole thing is unbelievable. I'm hardly what you'd call a copyright fanatic (I believe in fair use and I think the DMCA is a legal abomination), but the blatant way in which this was done for profit by a major magazine is flabbergasting in itself. But to then threaten to sue the copyright owner they wronged?
I hope Michael Yon ends up owning the company.
posted by Eric on 06.02.06 at 03:44 PM
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