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February 16, 2009

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A friend of mine is using that Joker picture as his Facebook picture. It freaks me out. I told him to change it or I wouldn't visit anymore. It's interesting there are so many knock offs on that.

There's a site where one can make such a picture of oneself. I forget what it's called but I can find the ink if anyone is interested.

One of my minor disappointments of the past year was not getting an Obama button with the Fairey image. I needed to go further into Harlem to find one. Maybe will try again online.

Controversy over appropriated images fascinates me. Mannie Garcia,the photographer of the original photo, quoted in 2/10/09 N.Y. Times, "I don't condone people taking things, just because they can, off the Internet. But in this case I think it's a very unique situation." He was pleased with his photo's use.

Turns out that he, not AP, owns the copyright thus further entangling the whole business.

Photographers can now use TinEye.com to track their images - that technology will bring change I'm sure and tighten the wild wild west of online photo rip offs. I wrote about this new sheriff TinEye on my Smojoe blog just last week.

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