Chris Kuknyo makes phone call and sends email offering apology for using the photo without permission or consent.
- Chris Kuknyo is Phil Goode’s campaign manager
- Kuknyo issues a gracious apology for misappropriation of the photo on the Phil Goode campaign website
- Kuknyo accepts full responsibility for the photo mistake
- Read more…
The Phil Goode campaign has issued an apology for using a CopperState News copyrighted photo without consent
I just read your story on the Goode campaign using a photo you took during the Prescott 4th of July Parade. I put the blame for this on my shoulder. I had asked the many volunteers working for Phil to send me images from the parade to use on our website and Facebook. Apparently one of those shots were from the many you took and published on your site.
I should have been more inquisitive about where the photos came from and if I had known they were yours I would not have used the shot. I do apologize and the image was immediately taken down when I read your story and looked at our site.
You have always been gracious about letting people use your art as long as you are asked and given credit. It was a mistake on my part and I am truly sorry. We have been down many roads together and I would never want to hurt or offend a friend.
Where the image is located: About Politics and Copyright Theft
CopperState News reply
We appreciate the immediate response and explanation from Kuknyo. It appears that this was an innocent error.
We accept the apology. Bygones will be bygones.
However, it is also a good example of the importance of using images responsibly.
- Know where they came from
- Not all images you find online should be considered fair game
- Make sure you have permission to use it
- Using images without the proper permissions is likely against the law and a copyright issue
- Credit the photographer, and/or provide the website link
- If you need assistance designing your artwork and informational materials, consult an expert
- Different images have different reuse rights - make sure the image you are using has the appropriate rights for your purposes
- Be aware that usage of images one does not own can result in legal problems and large invoices
- We can guarantee you that not everyone is as nice about this as we are
- True story: I once had a client that received a $15,000 invoice because he used an image that he was not entitled to use.
Please be aware - Speaking for CopperState News and myself personally, we will always protect our property rights and copyright issues swiftly, loudly and vigorously in public. I have personally made it a point to do so for 15 years. I have no intention of stopping now.