by MARKUS ERMISCH
Apr 01 2007
Claims his copyrighted pic was on MP’s mailout material
Hobby photographer David Wise said he may sue Betty Hinton’s office over an alleged copyright infringement of a photograph the Conservative MP used in her February newsletter.
“The licensing information was right there, right on the photo. So that was bypassed by a member of Ms. Hinton’s office,” Wise told KTW.
“Now we are into the stage where we need to work out compensation for this. And that’s where it’s stalled right now. We’re having a bit of a difference in opinion in what constitutes compensation for this infringement.”
Wise said he is asking Hinton’s office for up to $2,000 to cover the costs of the photograph and “additional damages,” such as compensation for incurred legal fees.
Wise said Hinton has called him to apologize and to offer him the money for the photograph her office would otherwise have paid.
Wise, however, declined the offer because he wouldn’t have allowed the MP to use his photograph in the first place because he disagrees with “her campaign and political viewpoint.”
Wise said he would also have thought twice about letting the Liberals or New Democrats use his photograph for political purposes.
“I do like to choose my clients,” he said.
The newsletter in question, compiled by one of Hinton’s Ottawa staff members, features a photograph of Hinton, flanked by photographs of the House of Parliament in Ottawa on her left and Wise’s photograph of Kamloops on her right.
The staffer, according to Wise, had allegedly downloaded the image from www.flickr.com, a popular photo-sharing website.
Photographs on this site are copyright-protected under a creative-commons license, which Wise said will be accepted in a court of law.
A copyright notice to that effect appears at the bottom of the photograph.
Hinton’s staffer has also failed to credit Wise in the newsletter.
Wise said he still would have been upset had his photo credit appeared with the picture.
Wise’s photographs have found several takers, including Harvard University’s mathematics department and Venture Kamloops.
He has also sold several of his photographs to Kamloops Coun. Hinton could not be reached for comment on Thursday and Friday with her office saying the MP could not be reached Thursday and would be travelling to Kamloops from Ottawa on Friday.
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