Posts Tagged ‘photograph’

You know the story by now; avid Bitterwallet reader Chris noticed the BBC had used his photographs on their website without permission. Chris asked for a credit or a link back to his own website, a reasonable request since BBC staff had ignored a very obvious copyright notice when purloining the images. Instead, the BBC refused to acknowledge Chris and deleted the images instead. He pushed the corporation for an explanation, caught them in a lie and consequently invoiced them for £600 for unauthorised use and copyright infringement.

That was the story last week. Yesterday, we updated you with news of the BBC trying to fob Chris off with a minimal payment. Chris refused. He’s now been back in touch, and the BBC has agreed to pay his invoice in full. Below is the email trail between the two; you’ll notice how the BBC hasn’t got a leg to stand and drops to its knees like a Swansea hooker:

Dear Chris,

I will exceptionally agree that, due to our error, we should pay you £100 per still for the unlicensed use on our web-site.

But you must accept that there were only 3 stills – not 6.


Kathleen Magee


With all due respect, this is still unacceptable.

A photography license will refer to the single use of a single image, that license agreement does not count re-runs or minor changes, it is simply one licence for one use per image as defined by the NUJ advice for online use of images. The BBC stole three images from a third party website and each was used on two separate pages with separate web addresses and separate page content, hence six licences. That is and shall remain my bottom line.

This has been a hugely frustrating experience and this continued arrogance from the BBC is appalling. For the sake of expediency I will have to insist that this matter is resolved to my satisfaction on or before the 23rd of this month, that is this Friday. After this date I will refer the matter to the BBC Trust complaints and the small claims court.


Christopher Flack

Dear Chris,

I will arrange for payment of £600 to be forwarded to you.

Please forward you bank details as follows:

Account name/payee

Account number

sort code


Kathleen Magee

It isn’t the first time the BBC has lifted photos for their use, and it probably won’t be the last. Well done to Chris for sticking to his guns and getting a result.

This mule died for your holiday snaps…

September 30th, 2009 9 Comments By Andy Dawson
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Before... and after

Yesterday we reported that Jessops had been saved from extinction following a deal with HSBC which converted the camera specialist’s debts into equity for the bank.

Many of you thought it was as pointless as blowing the head off a live mule and that Jessops are doomed to failure sooner or later.

That got us a-thinking as to how photography was actually pioneered and it turns out that back in 1878, it was all done with no small amount of help from blowing the head off a live mule! Whoulda thunk it?

Turns out that one Charles Bennett discovered a gelatin dry plate emulsion which gave him the ability to expose photographs almost immediately. Naturally, the best way he could come up with to demonstrate this was… drum roll… to blow the head off a live mule.

Bennett simply connected the camera and the mule’s dynamite necklace so that they would both go off at the same time and hey presto, the world was changed forever.

Charles Bennett – a smart man. Also a strange and unfeasibly cruel man.

[Stereoviews via Gizmodo via loads of other places]

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That historic photograph