Skip to comments.Photo Controversy Erupts After Detroitís New Police Cars Revealed
Posted on 08/25/2013 7:52:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin
DETROIT (WWJ) A local photographer is crying foul over an image that appears on a new set of public safety vehicles unveiled by the city.
Mayor Dave Bing handed over the keys to 15 new squad cars and 10 ambulances during a presentation downtown on Thursday.
Meantime, Bobby Alcott claims that a photo of the Detroit skyline featured on the vehicles is his under copyright and that the Downtown Detroit Partnership did not purchase the image.
Im not trying to be mean about it. Im not trying to be a jerk, Bobby Alcott told WWJ Newsradio 950. Im just saying its my property.
(Excerpt) Read more at detroit.cbslocal.com ...
if he wanted to sue...he would win!
oh wait Detroit has no money to pay ANY sort of settlement..
what to do what to do
Property rights?? Detroit is controlled by Democrats. Everything belongs to them, not you. “You didn’t build that.”
Private property? Who does this jerk think he is? Everything belongs to the state.
He doesn’t have to sue Detroit. He sues the ad agency and graphic artist who stole the image. Image theft is rampant and should be stopped, just like the theft of any other property. Lawsuits are a good way to let it be known that no, you just can’t swipe a copyrighted image and make a profit from it anymore than you can publish someone else’s book under your own name and collect money for it.
Man, they find a way to screw *EVERYTHING* up. They can’t even buy new squad cars without violating the law.
This seems like a non-issue.
Evidently “his” photo was used in the mock-up ahead of time.
None of his work was used actual production.
See the article, about paragraph 5.
I have to spend 1000’s to protect my trademarks and am never compensated. This new America is filled with thieves and liars and a handshake means nothing anymore.
Detroit police are Thieves?
“Alcott later conceded the image on the cars was not his they were only on the photo on the mock-up that was displayed before the cars went public.”
his reputation..much like that of Detroit’s...... .down in flames
I think it's a dumb graphic to use on a police car. I prefer simple colors and an accurate label.
I did one project for a client...who Id been doing workf for for 30 years....without a down payment....of 50 percent...last year, He went all over the map with requirements...and then refused complete...payment .
some people require strict guidelines or they dont know where..they ARE
well case closed
evidently I missed some of the details
“None of his work was used actual production.
See the article, about paragraph 5.”
how about a pack of wild dogs?
A spokesperson for the Downtown Detroit Partnership denies they stole the image. And Alcott later conceded the image on the cars was not his they were only on the photo on the mock-up that was displayed before the cars went public.
Actually they should thank the Detroit business community and leave it at that.
how about a pack of wild dogs?
Too much truthful advertising could harm that city's reputation... couldn't it?
I prefer simple colors and an accurate label.
well there is a truth in advertsing law isnt there?
Might I offer a lovely SLOGAN to use in place of the graphics?
“We’re Detroit,..Trust Us About That”
The door handles look like UFO’s hovering over the city.
Just do a photo search of Detroit skyline and you’ll find thousands of nearly identical photos taken by thousands of different people.
If I had access to Roger Penske I would have told him that I would take the photo for $500 and signed all further rights over to him.
As far as the cars are concerned, I would have gone with a simple skyline silhouette.
"The vehicles were purchased with an $8 million donation from city business leaders including Penske Corp. Chairman Roger Penske."
$320,000 per vehicle? I hope each one comes equipped with a RoboCop!
That is an excellent observation. A clever artist might sneak up and graffitti some death rays on those cars.
His photo was evidently used.
That is not nothing, but it was not used in the actual production promotional materials.
The city would be wise to call him up, work out a mutually acceptable total and settle this.
even so, they stole his image to use for their mock-up. Why can’t or shouldn’t he still sue? Theft is theft.
It doesn’t make any difference if they used his image on the cars or on the mock-up. They used his image and did not pay for it. That is illegal. It’s a violation of copyright law. Photographers need to sue when their work is used without consent. Their work is being stolen. It’s just as if you worked for me for several hours and I refused to pay you.
Everything about this story is pathetic.
OT: Have you been called an “old soul” yet? I have, for thinking that a handshake is the only thing you need to make a deal final, and moreso because all involved parties are obligated to follow through and live up to the highest moral standards throughout.
We were born late.
All the city has to do is to get a pet judge to rule that the city skyline is an intrinsic property of the city and that the city itself owns the copyright to that skyline.
Works for me. It was his image that got the idea accepted.
If they used my picture to sell the idea of a good looking guy endorsing a product, then replaced it with some “Hollywood” stud, I would sue.
When the police drive the car do they have to do the Detroit lean?.
See if you can spot a caucasion in this pic. Is this downtown Detoit or has Africa moved out of third world country status.
What’s the point of this article? “Something bad happened, but, never mind, it didn’t.”
Fantastic news story, guys, really first-rate work.
Nice photo, thanks.
that’s one expensive Dodge Charger HEMI. Still expensive including the RoboCOP.
Most anything can look good in a photo. My memories of De-Troit layovers as an airline pilot were having a good book and staying in my room ‘til the next morning. And a lot of “Really, we’re not a crap-hole” PR outside. See the pix in post #13.
I flew into Detroit last week on the way to Dubai. They should have used the aerial view that I saw. It was a patchwork wasteland of demolished blocks by the mile surrounding the “Oz “ that is the city center.
$75K for the cop car and $245K for nobama and the dems “referral and handling fee”.
Those cop cars look more like taxis with that graphic. Just wonderin’ how long before those buildings get ‘tagged’ by the local youts?
A fully equipped police car is running around $160,000 these days. Ambulances are probably twice that.
This story doesn’t mention it but I read somewhere that other equipment was purchased as well as hiring a few more cops.
How hard can it be to take your own picture of the Detroit skyline? Heck, with today’s digital cameras, any moron can make a perfect picture. Why would they need to use this guys image?
Comrade, these are reactionary thoughts! In worker’s paradise of Detroit, everything belongs to the People! I am afraid that you will need re-education...
You can keep Detroit.
The AIDS/HIV virus is also quite beautiful to behold as an organism if viewed under the proper light.
I wouldn't want that either.