Yesterday, I called out both Ryan Lyk and Andy Post within the comments of MDE and here on The Deets for using copyrighted images from the Duluth News Tribune and Getty Images within their blog posts.
On Andy Post’s post, where he used a photo from Getty Images that he found on The Telegraph, I commented:
On Ryan Lyk’s post where he used a photo from the Duluth News Tribune, I commented:
Not long after leaving that comment, Ryan Lyk scrubbed the copyright violating photo from Minnesota Democrats Exposed while leaving my comment in place. That made my comment irrelevant, so I left a follow-up comment:
At that time, I had the three most recent comments on MDE. A scan of the site’s comments feed verified this:
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Within a few hours, my comments disappeared from Minnesota Democrats Exposed. Here is a screenshot verifying that:
After that, a loyal defender of Ryan Lyk and Andy Post named Erik Leist hopped on the comments here at The Deets to explain that, under his liberal definition of Fair Use, stealing photos is Fair Use as long as you mention where you stole copyrighted photos from. This was after Ryan Lyk quietly removed from MDE the photo he had stolen from the Duluth News Tribune. So far, Andy Post has kept up the photo he stole from Getty Images via The Telegraph.
This makes me wonder:
1. If Ryan Lyk agrees with Erik Leist’s definition of Fair Use, why did he pull the copyrighted photo he has stolen from the Duluth News Tribune?
2. If Andy Post agrees with Erik Leist’s definition of Fair Use, why did he pull my comment rather than simply explain his position?