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another photo used without permission or credit

So tonight I got an e-mail from a friend who thought they recognized one of my photos in this video that’s out on youtube. So I took a look and recognized my photo of Valleywag’s Owen Thomas that I shot for Wired News back in the spring.


Matt Hempey, the creator of the video, saw fit to give Billy Joel credit for his song, and saw fit to give himself and his group, the Richter Scales credit but failed to contact me and ask my permission to license this photo, which is marked all rights reserved. I was not credited, and there also are no photo credits for any other images that appear in the video.


Hempey is thrilled with the attention “his” video is getting. He says on his blog: “We just launched my video, "Here Comes Another Bubble," on YouTube. It's getting a lot of press (TechCrunch, Valleywag, Fake Steve Jobs, Wall Street Journal.) Enjoy!” and The Richter Scales site says: “A little background: I've been working on the lyrics, arrangement and video for a couple months now, with lots of help from the group. Special thanks also to Bill Hare and Charlie Forkish for a stellar mix. Bill is a world-class sound engineer I've worked with in the past.

So far we've been linked to by Tech Crunch, Fake Steve Jobs, John Battelle, Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal, and Robert Scoble.

Big day for the Scales!”


As you can see, the video has been viewed over 230,000 times so far on youtube.


It’s extremely frustrating to me that my work keeps getting stolen. I feel like a broken record…having to explain why it’s not okay to just take an image because you like it or want it. I work hard at what I do and want to be paid, period.


I’ve contacted Matt Hempey, a Stanford grad who works at Paypal in consumer protection and have not heard back.


Matt, I have a paypal account…


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Taken on December 5, 2007