Let no good deed go unpunished. To thank Saugatuck Mayor Bill Hess for sending a press release about 2015 Tony Vettori Citizen of the Year Marilyn Starring, I sent him a copy of the photo I took of Marilyn.
Heretofore I have thought of such things as grace notes. I’ve shared photos with Douglas for use on its calendars and with others who’ve done nice things for me.
Apparently someone in city hall decided The Commercial Record—which has had tax-paying offices in Saugatuck for 146 years; stop by and see us on Blue Star Highways—had ceded its copyright protections in my so doing; the picture was now public property and could be given a Holland-based weekly paper that competes with us.
Its editor printed my picture on his front page without attribution or permission from us. I objected and called him out. His response was what you’d expect from a man exposed time and time again: attack the messenger. If you do so with enough bombast and name-calling, maybe you can drown out the message. I’d hate to have so much hate in me. His lawyer apparently thinks he pilfered my picture legally. Our Michigan Press Association attorneys, who specialize in copyright law, think not.
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