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| p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · You are NOT a photographer pretty funny and sad site |
Although the photos are funny, or maybe pathetic, the real joke seems to be unrealized by the site owner or blogger who went to the trouble of blackening all the names of the "fauxtographers" without getting permission to publish any pictures he ripped-off. Unfortunately even bad taste can be grounds for a copyright infringement lawsuit. What makes it worse is that this guy is selling advertising to show and comment on non-public people to hold them up for ridicule.
Here's a paragraph from the link:
"This is what gets a lot of bloggers in trouble, and itís what has Nik Richie facing millions of dollars in potential payouts to plaintiffs. His site lets users post photos of people, with comments about the people and the situation. And a lot of those comments arenít the sort that I am willing to repeat here ó and a lot of the photos arenít the sort that people would want spread all over the Internet, as they were taken when the person was drunk or otherwise not at their best."
Also noted is that even FM Forums has it's free speech limits. For instance:
"To avoid losing a suit for tortious interference, be careful what you say. Opinions are (almost always) protected speech. ďI didnít like the food at Debís Diner, and wonít be going backĒ is an opinion, and you can say that. Saying, ďDonít eat at Debís Diner ó the food will make you sick,Ē on the other hand is (likely) to be illegal. (There are exceptions, of course. For example, if you happen to be a health inspector acting in your official capacity and have proof to back you up, you can tell people not to eat there and state your opinion that there is cause to worry about getting sick if you do.)"
So naming company in a post then to tell others not to go there or use their services might be skirting with "tortious interference" according to that same link. You be the judge. I am just the messenger.