TV Networks Ignore Photo Copyrights

There was an interesting article in PDN (Photo District News) recently on several recent cases involving television networks ignoring photographers copyrights on images.

Increasingly, copyrighted images are showing up everywhere from Project Runway to the evening news without compensation being offered to the creators. One freelance journalist, Jason DeCesare of Philadelphia has sued CBS, NBC, Fox, Disney and Comcast for unauthorized used of his images.

“You have some low paid intern who does a Google search to find an image, and doesn’t care about the copyright,” he says. “I think they’re like the guy who jumps the subway turnstile. They’re hoping nobody’s watching them, and nobody’s going to catch them stealing.”

Indeed, copyright infringement is a serious matter and in the instant gratification world of the Internet, more and more people are appropriating images with the hope that the use flies under the radar.

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