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Breach of Copyright - The Independent

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The Independent is a national and commercial newspaper in the UK.


On the 5 – 6 January 2010 they used the Flickr API to search for and display images of snow scenes in the UK – amongst those images displayed was one of mine which is clearly marked on Flickr as “all rights reserved”. They did not seek my permission for the use of my image. I am assuming they used the API without applying a filter on the licence type, this also means that other UK photographers may have had their copyrighted work used without permission; might be worth checking if you had any refers from the Independent on those days.


Below, is a summary of the messages that have been exchanged between myself and Jimmy Leach the Editorial Director for Digital at The Independent; I found their initial reply both surprising and alarming.

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Taken on January 5, 2010