Asphalt writes: I also want my copyright on there because, if there is ever a dispute over ownership – such as someone threatening to sue me for copyright infringement over my using my own image, which has happened – I can point to it and say “see, I own this”.
The Weather Channel, however, robbed me of all of that. They unilaterally overruled me, and decided how my photo would be used. They took my photograph without asking, chopped off my signature, put ads beside it, and to try and stay on the right side of fair use gave me the most obscure credit they could muster.
Talk about a slap in the face.
It’s a letdown, but not one I can do much about.
Let me try to turn a negative into a positive, though. Let this be a teachable moment.
It’s important to remember that, in an age of bills like SOPA, it’s not always the little guy that engages in “piracy”.
According to their own website:
The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.
That’s right NBC Universal a company which supports SOPA just nabbed my photograph.
I suppose they’ll be the first to pull the plug on The Weather Channel website. After all, piracy in all its forms, is wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Asphalt writes: "Is Google+'s name policy illegal? Does it violate state civil rights laws against discrimination? Can Google assume that certain people are honest because they have good, American, "trustworthy" names while forcing everyone else to prove their innocence?"