Perez Hilton Sued for Copyright Infringement (Photo Theft)


Always classy Perez Hilton has been sued by photographer Robert Caplin for copyright infringement and and DMCA violation. Caplin alleges that Hilton took screengrabs of his photos and published them on his site without paying for them. According to photoshelter Caplin contacted Perez Hilton and asked him to please take the photos down. Perez Hilton said he would, didn’t and then Caplin hired an attorney and sued.

You really should read the whole story at photoshelter. Every blogger knows that there are four ways to get a photo on your site.

  • Take the photo yourself
  • License a photo someone has taken (license is fancy-speak for pay money)
  • Find copyright free material
  • Find creative commons licensed photos

There isn’t a fifth way to get your photos. It just doesn’t exist.

Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr. (Perez Hilton) is no stranger to copyright controversy.

I interviewed Perez Hilton in April of 2012 and asked him very specifically about copyright issues.

It’s long, and frankly it’s tedious. My questions start at 16 minutes in and I wanted to know how he dealt with the backlash after he allegedly stole content from Shit White Girls Say.

At 17:30 I ask him about copyright issues and his advice is to, “Do what you think is right at the moment.”

His publicist didn’t like me.


Tech Talk Tuesday: Copyright, Flickr and Photography


It’s really great when you’re a blogger to include photos in your posts. I don’t do it, because I take crummy pictures, my mom takes great pictures, and she posts one almost every day at iPhone Gran. Check it out, you’ll like it.

Here’s the issue with photography. It’s simple to go to google or flickr and search for an image. What comes next is actual work, and I tend to avoid it.

Let’s say I go to Flickr and search for roses. I might come across this:

I Stole This Picture From @mitchsurp

I Stole This Picture From @mitchsurp

If you take a look there’s a watermark across the bottom indicating that it’s a stolen picture.

Much like the music industry has to fight piracy, writers and photographers do too. My work is my own. That it’s here on a blog is, in fact, a little silly, but it is work nonetheless. You may not have it unless you pay me.

If you are looking for a photo to add to your blog post, flickr is a wonderful resource. All you need to do is be sure that it’s copyright free. Let me show you how.