On Saturday, February 27th, 2016, Lorain 365 was the only “local media” present for the Warm Up Lorain event at Veterans Park.
On Sunday, February 28th, 2016, this photo was posted on Lorain 365:
On Monday, February 29th, 2016, those of you who follow Lorain 365 on Twitter may have seen this:
What I should have said was “Shame on @MorningJournal for accepting photo from unknown source, used w/o proper vetting, not removing when notified of Lorain365 original.”
It has now come to light that it was the event organizer who took the photo from the internet, cropped it to eliminate other people and the Lorain 365 watermark, then shared it with a Morning Journal reporter who used it in a “Staff report” bylined article. While the reporter may have thought that she didn’t have any reason to doubt what she was told by the event organizer, she also didn’t bother to vet the photo through a quick and simple image search to double-check her source and protect herself and her employer.
Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976 (effective January 1, 1978, and amended when the U.S. joined the Berne Convention in 1989), photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation. [source] The copyright to the photo is held by the person who presses the shutter button. In this instance, that person would be me. What happened to my original photo is considered copyright infringement. It was manipulated and used without my permission. If a claim of ownership by the event organizer was included when the photo was shared with the reporter, that would be another violation of the copyright. I would expect anyone who works for a newspaper to be familiar with this law.
If the situation were reversed and I had misappropriated a photograph from The Morning Journal to use on Lorain 365, I would be in a LOT of trouble right now.
However, The Morning Journal has no problem continuing to display what they know is an altered photo submitted by a person who does not own the original photo. If a formal request to remove the photo is necessary, please consider the request made.
It’s sad that our Community Blogger partnership with The Morning Journal has to end this way. We’ll always have Unacceptable Lorain and Page A3 ❤
Morning Journal Photographer Eric Bonzar’s Imperial Imagery will remain an important part of the Lorain 365 archives.
It’s disheartening when Lorain 365 can’t get back a little of the support that it tries to give. I don’t do what I do to take credit for what you do. I do what I do to throw some positivity into the universe about this place that WE call home and hope that it comes back to US a thousandfold or more, some day, some way. The future of Lorain is now! The mission of Lorain 365 is to show the world that there is an abundance of great and fun things happening in Lorain, Ohio and that the potential exists for even greater and more fun things to happen here. I can’t do what I do without you, my fellow Lorainians, and all I ask for in return is to be given credit for my photos. When we help each other, everyone benefits. That’s how the Lorain 365 Community works.