We have two competing country music stations here in Denver: KYGO and the Wolf. A photographer has had exclusive arrangements with the former for a number of years. Apparently, he took some photos at a recent Jason Aldean concert, and KYGO posted them to their website. These photos eventually made it over to the Facebook page for The Wolf. Now the photographer is trying to pursue some measure of justice, and is being met with stiff resistance. The sad thing is that he will unlikely get any justice because even though The Wolf is in the wrong, the cost of hiring a lawyer and delay tactics that the station can make to draw out the process make any financial restitution meaningless for most photogaphers. This brings a salient point into question for my mind: Isn’t copyright theft punishable with punitive damages? I have thought always understood that if he had them registered, such form of restitution was permissible.
Anyway, the full story is here:
It just goes to show that registering your work is crucially important, because without registration, he literally has no options. The station was notified, the images removed, and he has no recourse anymore without the benefits of copyright registration. Your work is copyrighted as soon as you take the picture, but it’s not registered until you have it submitted to the Copyright Office! Register your work today! (Oh, and if you are as outraged as I was, let the station know…bad PR may ultimately put them in a position where they are better off giving in to do the right thing!)
They (of course), have no email address but do have a mailing address and a phone number:
92.5 THE WOLF
720 S. Colorado Blvd.
Suite 1200 N
Denver, CO 80246
Business Office: (303) 832-5665
Call, or take the time to send them a letter registering your voice as an artist that does not appreciate their callous attitude toward image theft! You can also tweet them your thoughts: @925TheWolf