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posted by LaminatorX on Wednesday March 26 2014, @05:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the couldn't-happen-to-a-nicer-bunch-of-people dept.

lhsi writes:

Torrentfreak has announced an amusing case of being hoisted by one's own petard:

The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, has been caught using a "stolen" photo in one of their anti-piracy campaigns. The group is running various Facebook ads to convince people to snitch on pirates, but this effort has backfired terribly.

After being contacted about the use of a photo of a pot of gold by Torrentfreak, the BSA didn't respond and within an hour the advert had mysteriously disappeared.

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  • (Score: 1) by youngatheart on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:15AM

    by youngatheart (42) on Thursday March 27 2014, @03:15AM (#21896)

    Just because Google is giving you a way to see things doesn't mean it's legal. Google has a lot of very expensive lawyers to defend their rights, that doesn't mean it is legal for you to do what they did.

    Google is using the images under the educational portion of fair use allowance. Are you?

    Google is creating a transformative work by creating a context independent of the original work. Is your work transformative?

    Google has a lot of lawyers to make sure they follow the law. Do you?

    If you can answer "Yes" to one or some of the questions above, then you too may be able to defend your right to use the images that google provides. The practical issue is whether you are able to defend your right to use the images.