Copywrong – Cory gets in a tizzy

Cory Doctorow’s Daily Mail Copyright Clanger; at The Russian Photos Blog

Anti-copyright campaigner Cory Doctorow, who campaigns for a change in IP law to permit free use of digital media, has got himself a little wound up after the Daily Mail used his wife’s photos of Gap store mannequins without permission (I’m not surprised that the Mail is involved, they’re getting quite a reputation for content theft). He then, apparently, demanded a couple of thousand pounds in payment. So it’s just meant to be free when it’s everyone else’s work then I guess? I support his (wife’s) right to exert her copyright, however it would be nice if people like them would be more willing to afford others the same courtesy.

Meanwhile, the author of the linked article criticising Cory for this has also been pulled up for not giving the proper attribution for the image used in the article, as required by its licence, so it’s not so easy after all with both sides of this argument getting things wrong.