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Where have I seen this photo before the Toronto Star used it tonight?

I was on David Olive’s excellent blog tonight, the Great Recession and I was reading that Saskatchewan was celebrating our entry into Confederation today.  We joined it back in 1905 and have won three Grey Cups in our time as a province.

I was noticing the great looking photo of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.  You can see it in context here.

Hey look, the Toronto Star used a photo of mine without permission. 

It reminded me a lot I took of the Saskatchewan Legislature building back in 2007 while with Mark and Wendy.  A quick look around on Flickr… ohhh, here it is…  I’ll put a photo paper border on it here… upload it my site… there it is…

The original image of the Saskatchewan Legislature

Same legislative building, same wind, blowing the same flags, same people playing on the same dead grass.  I think it’s fair to say that it is the same image.

Just a second, let me check the copyright on this image.  The good news is that it is Creative Commons.  The bad news is that it has some conditions.

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.

I missed the attribution and I don’t remember giving anyone permission to use it commercially.

I am probably a little sensitive to this because last week, CBC Saskatchewan also needed to use a photo of mine for a story they were running.  A quick email was all it took to get my permission free of charge and I would do it for any media outlet. I really wish the Toronto Star had extended me the same courtesy that the CBC did.

Update:  The Toronto Star got back to me and I gave them permission.  In hindsight I should have asked it in return for a little less Maple Leaf coverage and a little more coverage for the rest of the NHL but why ask the impossible.

4 Comments

  1. I do hope you at least contacted them. If so, let us know what that say.

    Peace,
    Jamie

    1. Jordon says:

      I did contact them first through a couple of channels. No response back.

  2. Dave King says:

    I think we should all comment on their blog and see what they say.