On the subject of being ripped off

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 10, 2005

Category: Photoshopping

This entry was posted on
Friday, June 10th, 2005
9:10 am and is filed
under Photoshopping.

The Daily Sport used one of my images the other day as part of their regular ‘nicked off the web’ ‘sent in by readers’ Internutter feature. The image was cropped to remove my watermark and they did not seek my permission. They offered me 20 quid to forget the whole thing. I’m sure you can guess what my reaction was. I’ll let you know what’s going on as the matter progresses.

Hat Trick Productions wanted to use this same image, but they asked for my permission. And offered to pay. They saw it in the Daily Sport and contacted them to find out where it came from. Somehow the Daily Sport peeps knew it came from Bloggerheads, even though they claimed in a recent email that:

The image you refer to was sent to me as a “viral” image with no “credit”
apparent. I see from the image attached that the credit is clearly there.
Unfortunately, when sent to us it was not.

As I said, I’ll let you know how I get on.

Anyway, if Hat Trick do use it (it’s for a topical comedy show, and things often chop and change at the last minute on such programmes) then you should see it broadcast tonight at 9pm on BBC 1.

Meanwhile, because Everything That Is Released On Teh Interwebs Is Free, The Sun has been ripping off photoshopped submissions to The Guardian. (You’ll need to register for MediaGuardian to see the relevant image or you can simply take their – and my – word for it.)

(Guardian heads-up via Martin.)

UPDATE (9:35pm): Gah! You could even see where they planned to use it. Oh well.


  1. Wolf Solent says

    Don’t f*cking start me, I’m currently dealing with a small-but-respected (one Orange prize nominee, one Nobel Prize for Literature winner) publishers which appears to think that there’s no need to, y’know, *ask* before reproducing some pics I took of one of their authors…

  2. Manic says

    Heh. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve been meaning to trademark my face for ages now.

  3. Inquisitor says

    It’s interesting to note that the Sport promised not to rip images off b3ta after Rob Manuel went after them last time, so obviously they haven’t learned anything at all.

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