So, those of you (and there were a great many) who read my previous post about the Stirling Moss and the Blonde stolen picture may well be wondering what on earth happened after the dust settled. Well here’s the story…
Within hours of the post going live UK time, Jalopnik in the USA were in my inbox with a big apology. My first thoughts were, “Here we go, another cut n paste, boiler plate response”. But no, this was from Jalopnik editor Ray Wert with some interesting info. It seems that Jalopnik know full well how Flickr works. And indeed how copyright and intellectual property works. You see, they’d seen the image on Flickr, with All Rights Reserved on it. And indeed, they contacted the owner of the Flickr image page, believing he had the rights to the image, Ray asked for permission. And it was forthcoming….
So Jalopnik, quite rightly, thought that they were publishing totally within the law and showcasing what they thought was a great shot, giving credit to the great Mr Galanos. Only, of course unknown to them, they were getting stolen goods.
The second interesting part of the story is that several other photographers contacted me with tales of similar experience with Mr Galanos and his liberal attitude to other people’s work. They also had issues with him and had to contact Flickr to get him pulled into line. So if you’re a photographer, you might like to check out his feed and see if there’s anything there belonging to you.
As for Jalonilk, like me, they seem to be glass half full guys. Editor Ray came up with an offer to run the image again, this time with a fully paid up article from me telling the real story of the picture that day, the bright red 250F Maser, the gorgeous blonde, the sunshine and Sir Stirling.
I’ll drink to that…
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