As many of you know by now, and as it’s been reported by dozens (if not hundreds) of news agencies and blogs, SarahPAC is being sued by North Jersey Media Group for sharing a 9/11 image on 9/11. From BizPac Review:
North Jersey Media Group alleges copyright infringement, accusing Palin and her political action committee of using the photograph without permission in a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan.
The publisher seeks a court order barring Palin and SarahPAC from using the image.
According to the Alaska Dispatch, as of Friday afternoon, the post that used the image had been removed from Palin’s Facebook page.
The one thing you’ll notice about all of these reports regarding the lawsuit is that they have only covered one side of the story. As of this evening, nobody from SarahPAC has responded. Not Governor Palin, her lawyer, nor her staff have weighed in to give their side. And yet, everyone talking about it seems to think they know the whole story. You don’t. How could you?
Having worked in the news-related graphics industry for well over a decade, I have personal experience with copyright matters of these sorts. One thing to keep in mind is that things may not always be as they seem on the surface, and in many instances, people looking for “damages” aren’t always being truthful with their argument. The bottom line here is that we don’t know SarahPAC’s side of this story AT ALL. All we do know is what the North Jersey Media Group filed, and the claims that they’ve made to the press.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt who claim Governor Palin sharing an image on her Facebook page caused their company to be “irreparably damaged.” Lines like that show that these are people looking for money, and lots of it! I’m sure they’re also enjoying all of this free publicity too, which will also bring them more money at the end of the day. Who even knew who they were until now?
So, while people bicker back-n-forth about copyright laws, just keep in mind that we still really don’t know what’s going on with this. And maybe reserve your “benefit of the doubt” for the people over at SarahPAC who were just trying to pay proper respect on the anniversary of September 11th.