Remember this hateful sign from the Indianapolis rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage? The photo took the internet by storm and since I knew it would be popular, I put a watermark on the bottom to show we owned the copyright on the photo and who took it.
On Wednesday night's Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel interviewed the author of the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda. The interview was very well done and at the end of the segment she went on a rant about violence against LGBT people.
Unfortunately, the show also stole our intellectual property by showing our picture on air without giving us any credit whatsoever. In fact, they cut off the watermark entirely. Check it out after the jump.
They put the photographer's name at the very top of the picture - although it was so small it's practically illegible - but you can compare the two pictures to see that they obviously cut off the watermark. You can click the screenshot of Maddow's report to see it bigger.
We get lots of requests to use that picture. Just this week a documentary maker wrote and asked permission to include it in the film. We said yes. We've given permission to anyone who has written to ask and we've even offered to send publications or filmmakers the version of the photo that doesn't include the watermark in exchange for a note that says where the photo originated or a line in the credits.
But the Maddow Show didn't even bother to write and ask permission from either Bilerico Project or the photographer. They just lifted it off the internet, cut off the watermark, and included it on the program.
Since Rachel is a progressive lesbian, we've often shown clips from her show and we've helped to pump the show. Would it have killed her staff to show the same consideration for another media outlet that showcases LGBT pundits?