Dont bother answering, the title is merely retorical.
So i get home from my hometown only to find that i am being accused of being a theif (only two people has ever called me that with impunity, both times on the web).
The reason, a girl on Tumblr claims ownership of a picture from 1927.
Not even the studio who made the movie does anymore (as far as i can see copyrights has expired?) , but thats beside the point.
Reason for her claim is that she has made this almost a century old picture twitch a little bit ( a “Gif”).
So, out of an entire movie ( i think it is about 90 minutes long) from 1927 she “owns” the picture because it twitches???
I am threatened with losing my (Tumblr) account because of “copyright infringement” and my post is deleted simply because i didnt add her name to a picture taken by someone else a hundred years before she was born.
And this on Tumblr ( i have a good lust finding the real copyright holders lawyers to anything on her Tumblr and alert them ), a place where people post pictures for no other reason than to post pictures all the time.
I have a hard time beliving any of them are under some permission by the owners.
Unless they are personal friends with Allyson Hannigan, owns a tardis and travels through time, owns a major studio or two that made some movies like 20:th Century Fox or Warner Brothers and a couple of major record labels?
Now if i take a picture of Chaplin, (where copyrights have expired) and make it a bit bluer i might claim that it is transformed (i have done some work on it).
If someone else takes that (now bluer) picture and adds a red nose that could also be considered transformative.
Then i,who made it blue, can complain. Not owning the original picture i am still the one making it bluer and the one adding the nose might be considered “steeling” the work of making it bluer.
In the rest of the world this is called being anal.
The crime commited by the thief Marcel
What i did was making a photo set of several pictures from the 1920´s to use to show people what one of my blogs was about (a picture of a gangster, one from a movie, a flapper, a dancer and so on).
These pictures i simply (and logically) took from the archive of said blog, without checking if any of their original posters had any strange and exotic demands on what you had to do before posting the material that isnt morally theirs anyway.
I didnt even react to the picture in question being a Gif made by anyone but simply saw it as a scene from the movie.
I was never contacted either until Tumblr themselves did so.
I am now waiting to see if i will be contacted by some American who owns the copyrights for the Latin alphabet for infringing on his rights by writing.
It is clear that i am a thief without morals or honour and should be ashamed for using Tumblr the way everybody else does (actually, i normally always post source).
In my country most “minor cases” as it is called does not exist.
We simply solve it by being adults instead.
A picture of Ivor Novello and June Tripp from Alfred Hitchcock´s “The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog” that is pretty much identical to the one i write about, but not “twitching”. Let´s see if the Gestapo will be at my door for using it without writing that it was posted by: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/09/the-lodger-a-story-review …..who doesent own it either but simply wrote a review of the movie. Photograph: BFI