Fox News uses photo even after the owner rejects them

Oct 29, 2018

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Fox News uses photo even after the owner rejects them

Oct 29, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It’s not always easy to determine what falls under fair use of images. But if you ask for a permission to use a photo and get rejected, it’s pretty clear what you should (not) do, right? Still, sometimes people don’t realize that “no” means “no,” and they decide to use the photo after all. This is what Fox News did on 26 October when reporting about bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc.

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Lesley Abravanel tweeted a photo from 1 November 2017 which shows a van that later turned out to belong to Sayoc. Abravanel husband took the photo and texted it to Abravanel, and apparently, Sayoc was delivering lunch to his office:

Shortly after Abravanel posted the photo, Fox News contacted her to ask if they could use it. She replied that the photo was taken by her husband and rejected, saying that Fox News weren’t “a reliable source of what’s going on in our country.”

Despite the rejection, the photo ended up on Fox News. Jared Loss notified Abravanel about it and she confirmed that she hadn’t given them permission to do it.

https://twitter.com/JaredLoss/status/1055952910150983680

After learning that Fox News used her image after all, Abravanel turned to Michael Avenatti for legal advice.

I have worked in the media for a while, and I’m still not a copyright expert. There’s a lot to learn, there are many exceptions to the rules, and I have made my fair share of mistakes. It happens to everyone. But I don’t think it should happen to a large organization such as Fox News.

From what I know, news reporting falls under fair use as long as you give appropriate credits to the photographer. Still, it’s always clever to ask for permission just to be on the safe side. But if you do ask for permission and get rejected – then you simply shouldn’t use the image. So, I believe Fox is in the wrong here.

Abravanel told FStoppers that she hadn’t decided yet whether to take legal action against Fox News. She said that she still didn’t know where she stood “in terms of fair use of photos posted on Twitter.” As a layperson, I believe that she should file a lawsuit and that she could win it. What do you think?

[via FStoppers]

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5 responses to “Fox News uses photo even after the owner rejects them”

  1. Jeff Wasserman Avatar
    Jeff Wasserman

    AFP and Getty lost in court ( $1.2 mil) and again on appeal for using a photographer’s images without consent that were on a Twitter feed. This would seem to be similar although I am certainly no expert. https://mashable.com/2013/11/23/photographer-lawsuit-twitter/#4l2HBsL1Ouq2

  2. Joshua Boldt Avatar
    Joshua Boldt

    Journalists have a lot of freedom to use photos and text as Fair Use. They do not need permission to use this person’s photos. This is a great paper laying out the principles of fair use in journalism.

    http://archive.cmsimpact.org/sites/default/files/documents/pages/principles_in_fair_use_for_journalism.pdf

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      This is not fair use. This is appropriation.

  3. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    What do you expect from a sham news station like Fox?

  4. Krav Maga Avatar
    Krav Maga

    Except the story is all wrong; fake news if you will. They actually granted use to AP. Fox purchased the right to use it from AP. So, when will we see a clarification? I doubt we will.