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August 17, 2011
Dear Daily Mail: You Suck At Copyright Infringement
The UK's tabloid The Daily Mail stole and reprinted Alice Taylor's picture and quotes without attribution and after being told no, they couldn't use the photo. Taylor had granted permission to the Washington Post, but wanted a small concession from the Mail, which they refused. Then they went ahead and stole the photo anyway.
According to Taylor's blog entry, the Mail does this with some regularity except this time they may just have picked the wrong person to steal from. Taylor is not only a CEO of a gaming company, a gamer in her own right, and a savvy blogger. Plus, she happens to be married to Cory Doctorow of Boingboing, which has more than a little experience dealing with the difference between fair use and outright theft.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: creators should be paid. If the Mail didn't like Taylor's terms for the photographs they could have sent their own photographer out there and paid for their own picture to be made. Not that I think the Mail cares if they get a bad (worse) name in the blogosphere, but I do hope Taylor follows the advice in her comments stream and sends them an invoice, including costs for her time in dealing with this.
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