Big O Does NOT Ogle!

July 10, 2009

President Sarkozy of France Does!

Flickr Photograph

Big O was NOT ogling that 16-year-old Brazilian girl at the G8. It was President Sarkozy of France! Our State-run ABC News has the video proof. Remember ABC News? They proved that Obama did NOT bow to the Saudi king & that Brian Williams did NOT bow to Big O.

ABC News Covers Barack Obama’s Rear – Once Again

But, it only gets worse for Big O the longer he hangs out in Italy with Sarkozy! Look at this and notice that the leader of Italy is behaving extraordinarily good: head hung low contemplating the ground: G8, foto di gruppo per i grandi del mondo.

Big O - NOT Ogling

The image, Obama & Sarkozy pull a Berlusconi on a girl at #G8, is subject to copyright by van Maanen. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.

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Censured Photo of ‘Peacenik’ Malia Obama

July 9, 2009

Malia Obama in Peacenik Tee Shirt

From London come these most interesting photographs of Malia Obama and her family’s political fashion statement. Pre-teen Malia was accompanying her father, the American President, in Europe. Why does the American media refuse to publish photographs of the Obama trip to Europe that America’s taxpayers are paying for?

What was the message that the Obama family was sending to America and the world by having their daughter wear the American anti-war symbol on the very day that her father was shooting missiles into Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing scores of people? Is the Obama family protesting America’s war policy? If so, why not tell the Commander-in-chief to just STOP IT? Or was Malia a walking poster child for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament? No one believes this t-shirt to be just an inadvertent wardrobe malfunction with Malia choosing a peacenik, anti-nuke logo instead of a smiley face or pink flower. Oh no! This European trip was an “official” state visit by the White House entourage, which apparently even included American celebrities. Official state visits are always very well planned in advance, particularly the family’s public wardrobe.

Even if one does not find the message of the t-shirt to be interesting of itself, what about the appearance of the President’s daughter being abducted by P-Diddy while the Secret Service looks on? Should not that merit a mention by America’s media? Here we see P-Diddy (at least that’s who I think he is) trying to kidnap Malia Obama while one Secret Service bodyguard looks away, another looks bemused, and a third looks like he’s either drunk or totally contemptuous of the entire scene. Meanwhile, the fourth Malia bodyguard is moonwalking his way out of the scene, while an Italian police officer is concentrating on nabbing a pickpocket. Who knows what else we would find in this photograph if we could see the rest of the characters. Perhaps everyone following the Malia parade was wearing a “Death to America” t-shirt. Believe it or not, but later on Malia Obama removed the Peacenik T-shirt to reveal underneath … ta da … another Peacenik T-shirt in a different color. At least it was not a logo of Che Guerrero.

Malia Obama in a T-shirt bearing the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol in Rome ahead of the G8 summit: The Picture.

Don’t look for this story at any “MSM” site or news outlet. It can only be found in English in the British Press. The America Press is afraid the Obama administration will punish them if they print the photograph. Don’t think for one moment that David Letterman and his ilk will mention this photograph during their comedy routines that pass for News in America of today. They are all too occupied slandering the children of Sarah Palin.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/08/malia-obama-cnd-t-shirt

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1198393/Miss-Obamas-peacenik-T-shirt-sends-message-G8-leaders.html


Big O’s Car Czar?

July 8, 2009
Flickr Photograph

Obama BMW 760 LI

I spotted this luxury BMW 760 LI with the flashy chrome spinners and “Chicago Boyz” plate holder on Shirley Highway during rush hour, heading out of Washington DC to Virginia. I couldn’t help but wondering if the Chicago Boyz Obama driver of this Beamer is one of those new Obama Car Czars who do not own nor drive American cars, yet have been appointed to oversee the American Car Industry.

The image, Obama BMW 760 LI, is subject to copyright by barneykin. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.

 


FBI Anti-Piracy Warning

June 24, 2009

Why does the FBI rail about music piracy, but ignore piracy of photographs?

Flickr Photograph

Isn’t it interesting that the FBI and everyone else is so uptight about copyright violation of music? Yet almost no one anywhere has respect for the “© All Rights Reserved” labeled photographs we amateur photographers upload to Flickr and elsewhere. I have found my © photographs taken from my Flickr photo-stream and used commercially without my permission, nor even credit given, at Ancestry.com (The Generations Network, Inc.) and Icanhascheezburger.com (LOLCATS).

Amateur photographers such as myself upload photographs to share with others. We do not charge anything for you to view our photographs. We are not in the photography business; we just enjoy taking photographs and sharing them. We do not enjoy having those photographs stolen and used commercially by Internet businesses. 

Even though it is against copyright law to download our copyrighted photographs and then to pass them on to others as your own, with no credit to the original creator, it is rampant on the Internet. Sites such as Ancestry.com and Icanhascheezburger.com profit monetarily from our photographs that we never offered for sale. Those sites allow derivative products to be made from them, and then they claim ownership of our photographs and post warnings that it is illegal to steal “their” photographs, as both Ancestry.com (The Generations Network, Inc.) and Icanhascheezburger.com (LOLCATS) do at their sites.

Ancestry.com (The Generations Network, Inc.) operates behind an expensive subscription wall, so that most Flickr members will never find their photographs that have been illegally uploaded there. While Flickr members allow their photographs to be viewed for free, when they appear on the Ancestry.com site, one must pay a subscription fee to view them. The Generations Network has contacted me and given me a link  with instructions on contacting them about copyright violations: http://www.myfamilyinc.com/default.aspx?html=copyright .

After performing all of the legal requirements that Icanhascheezburger.com (LOLCATS) required before they would remove my photograph from their commericial site, someone has advised me that they continue to brazenly store my photograph at their WordPress.com server. (I have since contacted WordPress and WordPress promptly removed the following photo.) http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/funny-pictures-cat-has-hired-a-substitute.jpg . Someone else has it stored at the Photobucket site.

The image, FBI Anti-Piracy Warning!, is subject to copyright by bizmac. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.

When “Pigs Have Wings” Environmentalism

January 21, 2009
Flickr Photograph

The National Mall, Washington DC, TRASHED, after the Inauguration of Barack Obama. The photograph was taken on January 20, 2009 at 12.53pm EST.

“The time has come,” Obama said,
“To set aside childish things:”

Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And wonder why America’s Mall is trashed–
And whether pigs have wings.

The image, Crazy Trash Aftermath, is subject to copyright by Mrs. Gemstone. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.
 

 


“I Am Goddess” Cat

December 22, 2008

I had visited the ICANHASCHEEZBURGER site only a couple times after learning that my “Good Cat, Bad Cat” copyrighted photography was there without my permission, when I spotted an Abyssinian cat I recognized from Flickr. It is a very popular photograph at Flickr and since I own an Abby cat, I recognized it immediately. ICANHASCHEEZBURGER credited it to “dunno source.” I doubted that the source of such a popular picture could be unknown.

At ICANHASCHEEZBURGER the cat poster was made into a template named “I Am Goddess,” contributed by Ozzy Kat and camcat. I found what appeared to be the original photograph at Flickr, “(c) All Rights Reserved,”named “Belle on Black 4.” After I contacted the Flickr photographer about his non-credited photograph at ICANHASCHEEZBURGER, I noticed that the site changed “dunno source” to his name. However, at their LOLcat Builder page, his picture is still credited as “Picture By: dunno source”and there are seventy-five (75 and counting) derivative images of it. I found that not one credited the Flickr photographer of such a popular ICANHASCHEEZBURGER template.

My Photo at “I Can Has Cheezburger”

UPDATE: Cheezburger Cats


My Stolen Flickr Photograph

December 22, 2008
Flickr Photograph

On 5 August 2006, I uploaded this photograph of my pet, Katy Blue and my stuffed Stieff cat to the Flickr site. It has always been prominently labeled as “copyright,” although I added the written notice on the actual photograph today, after realizing my copyright had been infringed.

That copyright notice did not stop the ICanHasCheezburger.com site from infringing my photograph and posting it at their site for their own commercial purposes. On 21 December, when another Flickr user reported to me that my photograph was posted at their site, ICanHasCheezburger.com added my Flickr name as credit to the picture. Then they wrote to tell me how proud I should be that my photograph is on the front of their site.

When I told them, as the owner, to remove my photograph, because I had never given them license to use it, they blatently refused until I provide written legal proof  that I am the owner of the photograph. This they demanded, even though they had already admitted in writing that the photograph belonged to me.

So, beware, if you upload your photographs to Flickr and allow said photographs to be publicly viewed. ICanHasCheezburger.com is a Flickr member, with Flickr groups, and seemingly has little regard that you label you images as copyrighted. Yahoo.com owns Flickr, and I have written Yahoo about this matter. If I hear from them, I will report here their actions on this matter.  It is already the case, that Flickr members like ICanHasCheezburger.com are allowed to operate on Flickr even though they are commercial sites, which Flickr Terms of Service forbid.

Yahoo Copyright Terms of Use

The image, Good Cat, Bad Cat, is copyright by Edna Barney posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin.

Now here is my own photo that I never authorized for publication, given a code to be used on other websites to garner advertising hits for the ICanHasCheezburger.com:
funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

I Can Has Cheezburger even has published a book of cat pictures. It is #150 as of today at Amazon: I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun This is their book blurb on Amazon:

http://www.icanhascheezburger.com was founded in January 2007 as a place to collect “LOLcats”—pictures of cats with funny captions. It has gone on to become a singular sensation, captivating millions and becoming one of the most visited blogs on the internet. For the book, the founders of the site have selected 200 of their favorite LOLcats from their archive of nearly one million, all of which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud or wonder WTF?

UPDATE: Cheezburger Cats