Forbes.com Uses Images without Permission, Apologizes Later

Posted on 7/25/2007 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (0)



Boisterous Zooomr CEO Thomas Hawk (aka Andrew Peterson) just caught Forbes.com using his images in an article on Web celebrities. Hawk was neither asked permission nor credited as the image author. Images represented by Getty were also used in the same Forbes.com article, but were properly credited-and, presumably, licensed with compensation.

When Hawk announced this discovery in his blog, Forbes.com editor Paul Maidment contacted him with a letter of apology. Though Maidment had the inappropriately used photograph removed, he did not offer compensation. He did, however, ask for permission to repost the image. Unlike Virgin Mobile, currently under the threat of several lawsuits as a result of using Flickr freebies, Forbes.com is in the clear - at least from Hawk, who allowed the reposting of his photo and said the publisher "did a pretty good job overall handling all this."


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