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Those of you who follow me on any social media platform have probably seen my recent posts about my local Fox 5 San Diego news station fraudulently using my photo on a weather segment this week. The whole ordeal has been exhausting but some very important lessons can be gleaned from it.
This post is not a rant. It is not meant to publicly humiliate Fox 5 San Diego. It is recap of the experience I had recently. And it is based on facts and information. There are key lessons to be learned from the poor manner in which Fox 5 handled this situation.
If you have ever had your intellectual property, your photos, or your written material used without your permission, or used under someone else’s name, you will relate to this blog. If you haven’t, you may learn something from this blog. And if you have ever used someone’s copyrighted property in a fraudulent manner, I suggest you read this and learn from the mistakes of others.
First off, for those of you who haven’t heard the story yet, here’s what went down. Wednesday evening I was plugging away on the computer answering some blog post comments while my husband watched the 6:00 news. As usual, we were watching the Fox 5 news and they showcased their “Picture of the Day”. This is a picture submitted by a local viewer that the meteorologist chooses to include in their segments.
I have submitted numerous photos over the last couple months and seen my photos shared on air quite a few times. There is no reward for this other than seeing your photo on tv.
When the weather segment started on Wednesday, the weather anchor, Kyle Hunter made reference to a photo taken in Poway, submitted by Lindsay Huey. He was talking about the cumulus clouds out over the mountains and making direct reference to the clouds in the photo. I heard my husband scoff slightly and turned around to see what the photo was. He had scoffed because it was a photo that looked a lot like one I had previously submitted. We even started joking about the possibility that one of my coworkers could have gone and imitated the photo and submitted an almost identical pic. I even said, “Hey, imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?”
But the more I sat here thinking about it (you see I have a very photographic memory), the more I started thinking how much that photo really looked like my photo. Thanks to modern technology, we were able to rewind the segment and pause the screen on the photo. I pulled up my original photo on my phone and what do you know – it was the EXACT SAME PHOTO!
Don’t believe me, take a look at this image I put together. See those clouds, the tree, the hills. They are identical.
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