~L MAG & PADDY JOHNSON: KEEP YOUR PAWS, OFF THE PIX !!
TAKE NOTE: NORTHSIDE MEDIA, L MAGAZINE & PADDY JOHNSON, & .. ALL OTHER PHOTO THIEVES !!
the biggest & BEST NEWS to happen in the art world this year, happened last week . . when a Manhattan judge upheld copyright laws and came down strong, on the side of original content . . including that which is posted to the web.
it’s been a long time coming.
and the ‘disrespected’ photographer won big time: $1.22 million.
after a 4 year fight.
YES, L Magazine of all places . . lifted my photo of art world celebrity JEFFREY DEITCH, right off artnet where it was posted & clearly credited under my byline . . and brazenly re-posted it to their magazine, as if it were a ‘staff’ photo of their own creation.
as if !!
most notably, it was re-published without ANY PHOTO CREDIT, whatsoever.
never mind a link to the original source. let alone with permission.
and forget standard use fees. what fees ?
and contrary to Ms. Paddy Johnson’s gung-ho platform of supposedly spouting on the side of political correctness & standing up for artist rights,
it’s another, big . . . as if !!
further, she really missed the point when as Art Editor of L Magazine she replied something to the tune of: she . . didn’t know my photos required ‘fees’ ???!!
what about the common courtesy of, at the very least . . a photo credit ? dimwit.
and that’s a kind choice of words. hypocrite, unprofessional, and, outright criminal, as in copyright theft .. do come to mind.
yes, I’m saying: PADDY JOHNSON, not exactly the most ethical, or sharpest knife in the art studio drawer . . are ya ?
WHAT’S also of very monumental consequence in this major, major landmark court ruling . .
not just for artists, but for everybody who posts photos online, duh !! in this internet/ digital era . . was the added twist that, Haitian photographer DANIEL MOREL’s photos had been re-tweeted by an unauthorized second party.
and, guess what.
the court said: so what !!
this court ruling made made it absolutely clear, that the onus is on the publisher to seek out & confirm the original source.
and p.s. it only takes a couple of pertinent questions, esp when it comes to documentary/journalistic photos.
in fact most of the time, it’s very elementary.
it’s one very simple question: were you there ?
the court also made it absolutely clear that re-publishing any photo without first asking for permission and determining lawful copyright . . is a big, big, NO NO.
and it can result in . . . BIG, BIG FINES.
so, keep your paws off the pix.
as in, dear L Magazine . .
was anybody on your staff, including contributing writer BENJAMIN SUTTON . . actually there at the DEITCH PROJECTS / DEARRAINDROP OPENING of 2004 ????
yes, BENJAMIN SUTTON, who currently also writes for artinfo, might be shocked to know that DANIEL STEDMAN, owner/publisher of NORTHSIDE MEDIA, and thus of . . the ‘inglorious’ L Magazine, clearly laid the theft, the blame at Ben’s feet !!
writing that, our “young” writer . . “didn’t know any better” ?
as for the Art Editor of L . . the self-trumpeting artists’ issues ‘crusader’ PADDY JOHNSON, whose job it is to oversee such situations, never mind set the professional tone for an up-from-the-grass-roots ‘arts’ publication which presumes to speak for the cutting edge ‘creative’ contingent in this town . . she wrote that wasn’t “her” or the writer’s fault, that the Editorial staff of L MAG at large . . provides the photos.
well, low-life trash parading as the definitive & presumably original . . ‘take’ on the art world
. . is low-life trash.
trash is trash is trash.
is there any other better way / to put it.
and kindly take note:
this is the SECOND TIME !! Ms. PADDY JOHNSON, art editor and art blogger . . spouting on CNN and the like, as a ‘rep’ of the NYC art scene – has been associated with the theft of one my published photos.
so spout on Ms. Johnson, we got your n-u-m-b-e-r.
and bogus, is . . . a kind word.
following, is a screen grab of . . the original L MAG post:
and screen grabs, don’t . . lie.
YES, I am saying that:
in a post by BENJAMIN SUTTON, dated . . JAN 22, 2010.
L MAG published this PHOTO of a major art world celeb . . and ran it for 3 years !!
WITHOUT A PHOTO CREDIT. PERIOD.
LET ALONE being accompanied by a bonafide link to the original source, never mind authorization, and .. fees ?
what fees ?
KEEP YOUR PAWS, OFF THE PIX.
BUT, ESP . . . ALL YE ART WORLD CRUSADERS, POSERS & FAKES.