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Stolen by the Daily Mail

Here's my Wembley IKEA photo, stolen by some wretch at Mail Online to illustrate a grim news story about a road accident, and republished with "© Flickr" slapped in the bottom left hand corner. They didn't ask, they didn't attribute, they didn't pay.

 

Various Twitter contacts advised suing them, or at least contacting the Mail and invoicing them (as Giles successfully did when they shafted him).

 

So I rang the Online Pictures Editor, as suggested, and he duly apologised. They're not supposed to nab Flickr photos, he confirmed, and apparently worktime access to Flickr is barred for all Mail Online employees.

 

"How do you want to play this?" he asked, clearly slightly nervous. I considered the £150 invoice option, but instead said I'd like him to remove the photo. Which he promptly did.

 

So now you can read about hit-and-run fury in Brent without my innocent photograph popping up alongside. And they'd better not try that again.

 

(and stop "favoriting" this, please. It's a crap newspaper screenshot, and it doesn't deserve the honour of being one of my "most interesting" photos. Stop it now)

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Uploaded on December 7, 2008