Here’s a fun little exercise for Monday morning. First, click here. It’s my Sept. 27 column on independent Senate candidate Brandon Bell. You’ll see a picture I shot of Bell, on Sept. 23, there too.
Now, click here. (You can also see the screen capture after the jump). That’s the Roanoke Tea Party web site. Does anything look familiar? Update: The Tea Party removed my picture.
You bet it does. That’s the picture I shot of Brandon Bell. Same woman in the background and everything. Since Thursday, it’s been featured on the Roanoke Tea Party’s website, in an article in which they lambast Bell as “antithetical to the principle of property rights” because of his support of a restaurant smoking ban.
Perhaps I should be flattered that those champions of property rights, The Roanoke Tea Party, are so enamored of my talents that they’re presenting my work as their own.
On the other hand, it’s kind of hard to miss the irony. Because photos (and words) are a type of property, too. They’re intellectual property. And nobody from the Tea Party asked me if they could use my work.
So Sunday I sent an email to Tea Party President Chip Tarbutton and his sidekick Greg Aldridge asking what their group’s views are on intellectual property rights.
So far, there’s been no answer. I’ll update this post if I get one or if/when they take the picture down.
Note: A typo in the quote above from the Tea Party’s site has been corrected.