SF Examiner Uses Photo Without Permission or Attribution

Chicken John's Warehouse

Another week and another one of my photos was used without permission or attribution. This time it is the The San Francisco Examiner with an article by Joshua Sabatini about Chicken John’s campaign for mayor. They used a photo I shot of Chicken John and his dog Dammit, but did not ask about using the photo or even provide a photo credit, but instead just listed the words “Courtesy photo” (does anybody know what that means?). The photo is licensed under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works). The photo was used in both the print and online versions of the Tuesday, September 25th issue.

See Previously: ZingFu Ignores Creative Commons Licenses on Photos

UPDATE 1: Chicken John has confirmed that he did not provide The Examiner with my photo. So the question remains, where did they find the photo?

UPDATE 2: A representative from The Examiner emailed me, apologizing for the mistake and said that they will run a correction in the paper, add a photo credit to their website and pay me for the use of the photo.

photo by Scott Beale

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.