I agree and disagree, the banner company is most likely not at fault, they just printed what someone asked them to do. Who ever requested the banner is who you need to look for.
I do know I was told it was someone other than you that made it, but the other person was from OSO.
If the advertiser created it, than they would have simply supplied it to me to use on my sites. Instead they did not have the means of creating one and asked if I could possibly make one up for my sites. In which I did.
Only the copyright owner can sign over the copyrights to the image. Handing someone a print does not in any way equal to a signature on a copyright contract.
Yes the team is fully aware of the rules, and I am sure they know that unless the image was registered with the Copyright office that there is little chance anyone will file a Federal Lawsuit.
It is a Federal Crime and dealt with in the Federal Courts, but if the image was not registered, any rewards are reduced drastically and makes it not worth the suit.
It is easier and little to no cost to try to work it out by sending an invoice for the image and hope to get paid.
It's a better ending than bad press if it cannot be resolved.
I had taken a photo of the original Miss Maxson, 30' Scarab, in the late 1970's during a Barnegat Bay race. The picture showed up in Poker Runs magazine 2 years ago in an article featuring Tim Ciasulli (sp?). They wouldn't even give me a complimentry subscription.
I want to thank everyone who offered words of support regarding this issue, and let you know that it has been completely resolved to my satisfaction.
In addition, I would like to thank Ron Polli for his immediate attention to this matter. He called me back every time when he said he would, and did his best to track down the facts and conveyed the info to me as soon as he had it. No small feat considering he was away from home and right in the middle of an event weekend.
I also want to point out that the Miss Geico Racing organization had no involvement whatsoever in this. Everything posted here that may have insinuated such was pure speculation- including my post. I was very upset and wanted to have all the information regarding that specific photo in the thread. I love the team and their boats- and like all fans, I'm extremely grateful for everything they bring to the sport we love.
ok, that's it. I've asked the mods to lock this down (no response as of this posting). But, I think any further dialog is unnecessary. thanks.
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