When is sharing a photograph stealing?

The Red Tape on MSNBC chronicles the (mis)adventures of Stefanie Gordon whom you may not know at all but whose picture you have very likely seen: she is the person who shot this incredible photograph of the Space Shuttle Endeavour last launch.

“Short on sleep and worried about the recent loss of her job, Stefanie Gordon boarded a Delta flight from New York to Palm Beach at 6:30 a.m. on May 16. Still miffed after a late-night Yankees loss to the Red Sox, she took a photo out the window of her airplane seat with an iPhone, tweeted it to friends when she landed, then headed off to spend the day with her father.

By the time she was sitting in the passenger seat of his car, her iPhone was practically buzzing out of her lap, teeming with messages of congratulation and requests for interviews. Gordon’s now-famous photo of the space shuttle Endeavour soaring through the clouds got her an overwhelming amount of attention — her 15 minutes of fame, Internet style. It also landed her smack in the middle of an ethical and legal debate that may be as important as the future of the Internet itself.” …continued

Although Stefanie Gordon’s image has yet to make it into our TinEye index (but it will very soon), it is nice to see TinEye mentioned:

After the photo has been published online, it’s up to you to watch for infringers.  Software can help. A free tool called TinEye looks for digital signatures of images — a sort of alert service for pictures — and will report if a picture is being used.

 

 

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