Shared publicly  - 
Giro Poster and Gruber

Was going to post on this poster from the Giro, but that turned into a large, lurid tale of copyright, images, and what happened to +Jered Gruber. In the days of +Pinterest, bits wanting to be free, and +Tim O'Reilly on a DRM-free campaign, there's a photographer out there busting his ass to make a living, getting the shot, and then getting ripped off by a Ground Tour.

For some context, this is like a Pro shooting Wrigley Field and then Major League Baseball using the image in a poster promoting a championship series.

Been a while since this topic came up and usually in the well-intentioned and meaningful threads of +Trey Ratcliff and +Thomas Hawk. As Cycleboredom describes it

"This photo was shot by Jered Gruber at Passo di Giau near Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites with Peter Stetina (Garmin-Cervélo) in the picture. The photo commemorates Fausto Coppi, and Wouter Weylandt who will forever be linked with the race. The words ‘Coppi è sempre presente’ – Coppi is always here – are painted on the tarmac along with Weylandt’s initials and race number, 108, and the phrase ‘Campioni non muiono MAI’ – ‘champions NEVER die.’ This is the official Giro d'Italia poster."

The photo was originally posted to Flickr with All Rights Reserved.

Then Kristof Ramon sees it being used by the Giro. Read the rest of the story on +Cycleboredom
DL Byron (Byron)'s profile photobrian fung's profile photopaul beard's profile photo
Hard to believe this still happens. Not that people's images are appropriated but that the organizations engaged in it don't understand the issues. Actually, I'm sure they understand them just fine but are hoping no one calls them on their antics. It would be interesting to explore the custodial chain of the image, to forensically compare his original, compare it to the uploaded version and then compare it to the version distributed by the Giro. Do they not ask for any rights declarations/assertions when they accept work for publication? That seems like a risk…
that sucks...big time. happy to have learned in that article i can buy one of jered's images/prints though. just might have to that..
+brian fung yeah -- I just saw the poster and thought, cool! And then, oh wait. That's the other side of the feetards and the Pinterest user that just thinks images are available in the ether for them to do whatever they want. I'm going to start watermarking, not cause I sell photos to clients or magazines (used on our blog), but to indicate to people that not just created for free.

+paul beard They just grabbed it from Flickr, as we've seen happen in other cases and just did it. I don't know what they're motives were, other than thinking Flickr or photos on other networks have no license attached to them.
+DL Byron sucks you have to do that but I completely understand why. 
What would be interesting is if the various design programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc) read the files for the license details that can (and should be) written to the file. So a file that says its Creative Commons licensed would be usable but one that had any other license, like All Rights Reserved, would throw up a dialog that reminded the designer to clear the rights. Yeah, I know people are gonna do what they're gonna do but it doesn't hurt to remind them what they're doing.
Add a comment...