8/10/2013 Torch Run for Special Olympics
The downside of publishing 10,000 photographs over the past 7.5 years is it's sometimes hard to recognize when someone borrows one without permission, a clear violation of copyright law.
I'm not surprised when the understaffed mainstream media does it with breaking news (although they are getting better about asking for permission) but I was a little surprised the town and UMass would do it.
Well I guess technically it was U3 Advisers, the $60,000 consultant hired to map out a strategy for future growth of housing and economic development between the town and our #1 employer UMass/Amherst, the flagship of higher education in an education oriented state.
But the town published the "Final Report" on the town website, as did the Town Gown Steering Committee on their state website.
I actually did notice the photo when it was first used at the preliminary presentation back in early August since I have enjoyed covering the jointly produced by APD/UMPD "Torch Run" to benefit Special Olympics.
This past year I notice my friends in the mainstream media didn't cover the annual event, but since they did the year before I just assumed the photo was one of theirs and used with permission.
Or taken by any number of folks who work for the University in "community relations". Rumor has it they even hired a few students to do social media to counteract my pain-in-the-ass blog.
A Town Meeting member recently posted to the privately owned Amherst Town Meeting listserve Blarney Blowout thumbnails via Google images (which is not a copyright violation) in response to another Town Meeting member asking about the Torch Run photo (where was it taken and what was the event) used in the U3 Advisers final report.
Fearing Street 2:10 pm (UMPD video screen grab)
Yes, the Blarney Blowout will be l-o-n-g remembered -- as well it should. In fact, I'm working on a story for Monday that uses previously unpublished video of the sad day taken by a not overly happy UMass police officer.
So get ready for the UMass PR machine to counter with high resolution photos of kitties and unicorns. At least I will not have to worry about them stealing those from me (not my kind of photo shoots).
APD Chief Livingstone (center) without riot gear, North Pleasant/Fearing Street 2:10 pm
screen grab from UMPD video shot that day