Dear New York Daily News: Please don’t sue me!

The New York Daily News has warned me — and others too, I assume — about posting its photograph of Alec Baldwin going after a News photographer outside of the Marriage License Bureau.

News attorney Tamara Whitehouse warns in a cease and desist email received this afternoon that my use of the photo “is unauthorized, and is in violation of the Copyright Act.”

She continues:

Although this use is unauthorized, if you would like to use a Daily News photograph of this incident, we will allow you to use the attached watermarked photograph at no charge. The attached photograph is the only photograph you may use. As a condition of publishing or broadcasting the attached photograph, you must not alter the photograph in any way, must link back to the following article on the Daily News website, and must credit the Daily News as “The New York Daily News.” No social media uses of this photograph are permitted. …

Please confirm by email when you have complied with the terms of this letter.

I’ve just confirmed it, Ms. Whitehouse. Matter settled? (I won’t get in trouble for posting the above image, right?) And just out of curiosity, did you get ABC’s permission to post these photos? Or did you do as I did with your photo, which is give credit?

Read her CEASE AND DESIST FROM COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT email after the jump.


Dear Jim Romenesko:

It has come to our attention that your website, www.jimromenesko.com, is appropriating certain photographs of Alec Baldwin from the Daily News, L.P. (the “Daily News”) website, www.NYDailyNews.com, including but not limited to photograph(s) that appear on your site at [this link]. The use of these photograph(s) is unauthorized, and is in violation of the Copyright Act.

Although this use is unauthorized, if you would like to use a Daily News photograph of this incident, we will allow you to use the attached watermarked photograph at no charge. The attached photograph is the only photograph you may use. As a condition of publishing or broadcasting the attached photograph, you must not alter the photograph in any way, must link back to the following article on the Daily News website, and must credit the Daily News as “The New York Daily News”. No social media uses of this photograph are permitted.

The Daily News and www.NYDailyNews.com do not by this notification waive any and all legal rights and recourses it has against www.jimromenesko.com, its owners, and all other persons and entities associated with the domain.

Please confirm by email when you have complied with the terms of this letter.

Sincerely,

Tamara Whitehouse
Legal Department
Daily News, L.P. / U.S. News & World Report, L.P.
4 New York Plaza, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10004

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