Skip to comments.Flickr Removes Obama-as-Joker Photo
Posted on 08/19/2009 9:42:10 AM PDT by pissant
It's rarely a good PR move when a social Web site decides to remove a politically-charged image--the InterWebs get angry. One such case came to light today: A Photoshop mockup of President Obama as the Joker from The Dark Knight, superimposed on the cover of Time magazine, has been removed from Flickr. The 20-year-old Chicagoan who made the photo got an email from Flickr, which is owned by Yahoo!, saying the it had been removed due to copyright concerns. Plenty of tech pundits are saying Flickr was strong-armed by Time, Inc., which didn't like its brand associated with something so subversive. Others are saying that Flickr removed the image voluntarily because it was the subject of too much public controversy: the image has been mocked up into a poster by an anonymous third-party and plastered around Los Angeles. Pretty much everyone agrees, however, that the issue isn't copyright. (Below, the derivative poster.)
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Flickr removed the image voluntarily because it was the subject of too much public controversy
Translation: We don’t like anyone to mock our messiah
I actually saw a couple of these plastered to a telephone pole in my community a couple days ago!
The base image is photoshopped from a TIME magazine copyrighted image. They have no choice.
I wonder how many Bush-Nazi photos were removed from this site?
Agreed. All those Bush=Hitler/chimp/etc. photos are considered free speech and, as thus, will remain indefinitely.
The genius is the person who captioned it socialism and put them around
LA. Hope it was a freeper!
Not to worry. Pissant and other have many, many more. :)
my advice to those on Flicker,( I am NOT!)...is to contact Yahoo or Flicker and COMPLAIN vigorously!
No worries - there’s plenty more on Flickr:
There is something to be said for neutral copyright protection on all sides of any debate, and also for the right of a private business to remove any post for any reason, just as the owner may do here at FR.
Why so serious?
I would imagine that there are well over 300,000 copies around the internet presently. I’ve got twice over on my blog site. So they can remove as many as they want...it’ll just reproduce.
How many Bush/Nazi photos on Flickr? Take a look:
Zazzle is where I got my little stickers.....1 1/2 inchers - suitable for even currency if desired.
Wow. Disgusting double standard. I’m cancelling my account.