Aug 21
2009
5:06 PM

Flickr v. Free Speech. Where Is Their Courage?

Check out techcrunch about the free speech and copyright debate that is unlikely to cool down any time soon.

Sometime last week Flickr took down a photoshopped image of President Obama that makes him look like the Heath Ledger (Joker) character from The Dark Knight. The image was created and uploaded to Flickr by 20 year old college student Firas Alkhateeb while “bored over winter school break.” It was also later altered yet again by someone else and used to create anti-obama posters that went up in Los Angeles.

What a mess of legal issues.  Flickr counsel says they had to remove the image pursuant to a DMCA takedown notice [check out the FAQs].  But what about all the funny satirical photoshopped images of Bush, et al.? Were they ever removed like this?  Don't bet on it.

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