Back on Jan 15th, I accused Ryan Lyk of stealing a copyrighted photo from the Duluth News Tribune for use as a stock photo in a blog post he wrote. Ryan quickly removed the photo from that post.
At that time, I also checked in with the Duluth News Tribune to verify whether they were cool Ryan Lyk stealing their photos or now. Frankly, if they WERE cool with it, I might want to get in the game of using their photojournalist’s work as stock photography too. So I sent them Duluth News Tribune an email:
I have a question about the use of photos published on your website.
An example can be found here [Ed. Lyk removed the image.].
In this case, the blogger used a photo he took from your website, and cited your publication as his source with the citation “Photo courtesy of Duluth New Tribune”.
My question is, are you cool with that? It seems like he took your photo, published it on his site (not a personal site), mentioned where he got it from, but didn’t even bother to link to the story or your site?
If you’re cool with that, let me know. I may be interested in taking advantage of that policy as well.
An editor from the Duluth News Tribune kindly responded to my question with the following comment:
Anyone who wants to use a photo or story from us must request permission. Typically permissions go through me; however, this person could have asked our editor for permission. I can check with my editor to determine if we had agreed to its usage. We are NOT “cool” if the blogger took the image from our site without permission.
Not surprisingly, the newspaper did not endorse the use of their hard work being used as stock photography without permission.
Did Ryan Lyk ask for permission? I think his retraction of the photo speaks for itself.