Whining about Williamson County sheriff candidate Dennis Presley
WILLIAMSON CO.—We received a nastygram on the answering machine this week—probably when we were out either transporting the canoe home, putting the canoe together, or trying to figure out where we were going to go canoeing, this we believed we deserved after we had worked our asses off for several weeks putting the latest print version together then delivering it—from a woman who didn’t leave her name and had blocked her phone number.
In what was probably an attempt to sound all threatening (but didn’t work), she informed us first that she needed to speak to our columnist, Brian Ellis, then that she had taken the photo that you see above, and that she owned it, therefore it was copyrighted, and we were going to get in trouble for running it in the column.
Since we can’t call her back, we’ll inform her, and any other interested persons, of the following:
You may think you own a copyrighted photo, but unless you have submitted it to the Library of Congress and HAVE a copyright, it’s not copyrighted. Posting a photo you took to a public website does not infer copyright. The Associated Press might think they “own” all their “copyrighted” stories, but unless someone takes their stories and posts them verbatim (that’s “word-for-word” for those who don’t use big words) and presents the stories as THEIRS and not AP’s, that’s not copyright infringement, either. That’s reporting news, from one source to another, whether it’s attributed or not.
Further, once you post a photo to a public person’s (that would be a guy who is running for sheriff, and who used to be sheriff as a matter of fact) website, especially one that declares:
…it becomes “in the public domain.” Even if the Library of Congress has issued you a number and says you’re copyrighted.
And if a news product wants to use it to make an article or column critical of Presley, they can. It’s called “Fair Use.” Look it up.
Now…just because that photo may no longer be on either of Presley’s sites (Facebook or presleyforsheriff.com, which is of this writing down for maintenance) doesn’t mean it wasn’t. Where did we get it? We didn’t crawl through your computer and steal it. It was out there; it is newsworthy; and we used it. Bottom line: get over it. Our pictures get grabbed and used all the time. It’s the sincerest form of flattery. Everyone knows what events we were at and that we shot the pic. We try to keep it as exclusive as possible, but these things happen, and we know it.
If you’re a Presley supporter, anonymous caller, that might explain your pissivity on the phone call. But to not leave a name or number where we can call you is just dumb. Don’t do that again. Or we’ll run the pic NEXT month. And the month after that. And until Presley loses the election, which, according to our Williamson County friends, he’s going to.
And btw…if you’re just compelled to speak to Brian Ellis, you’re going to have to call the federal pen in Greenville, Ill. Because that’s where he is for the next, oh, 20 years or so, although we doubt he’ll be able to come to the phone. But he loves to hear from people about his columns. So you can write him at Brian K. Ellis #01899-025, Federal Prison Camp P.O. Box 5000, Greenville, Ill., 62246. Be sure to put a full name and addy on the return address spot or the federal prison system won’t deliver it.
And if you have any more questions or comments, for God’s sake, woman, leave your name and number on the answering machine, and when we get done canoeing for the day, we’ll give you a call if that’s what you really want.
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