The other day I posted a picture of Clete’s Cougars which I grabbed off my TV while watching the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast. The picture proved to be fairly popular and it got linked up a couple of places. Wednesday afternoon I was listening to 97.1 The Ticket (unfortunately the only sports talk around in the afternoon) when host Mike Valenti directed people to 971theticket.com for a picture of Clete’s Cougars. I was curious so I ventured over to see what picture they had, and I was a little surprised to see the picture I had posted. It was there with no mention or link back to my site.
I was a little irritated so I sent an “Instant Feedback” asking for a link. No link was added. So I sent an email to the Sports Inferno email address, which also didn’t receive a response. Finally I sent the following email to program director Tom Bigby:
I run the website Detroit Tigers Weblog (http://detroittigersweblog.com). While watching the Tiger game Tuesday night the camera panned over to some ladies who were cheering for Clete Thomas. I thought it would be interesting so I grabbed a shot of it off my TV and posted it to my blog(http://www.detroittigersweblog.com/2009/05/cletes-cougars/) that night.
While listening to Valenti and Foster yesterday they made mention that if people wanted to see Clete’s Cougars they could go to 971theticket.com. I was wondering if the picture on your site was better than mine and so I went over to see the picture that I snagged on your site…and there was no attribution. It was just posted as if it was found by 97.1 all on their own.
I would like to request that link back to my site be included with the picture. I don’t think that is too much to ask. I sent an instant feedback to this effect yesterday, as well as an email to the sportsinferno email address.
My main beef is that it is just poor taste to take things without attribution. This is compounded by the fact that it wasn’t that long ago that Mike Valenti was talking about how irresponsible blogs are and that there are no repercussions for the blogs that misbehave. I do run a responsible site and I’d like some courtesy returned.
The show and station thought enough of the photo to use it to drive traffic to the station site, so mentioning the place they found the picture only seems fair.
Thanks for your consideration in this matter.
Still, no response. I didn’t ask them to take it down. I stayed calm. But what has me really cheesed is hypocrisy of it. It was just a couple weeks ago that Mike Valenti complained about blogs being able to do whatever they want with no checks and balances in place. Where are the checks and balances for this instance of traditional media that they can take things and post them as their own without attribution? You can’t have it both ways Valenti. You aren’t above sourcing your stuff just because it came from a blog.
I hate bringing attention to that show because it is quite frankly awful. A schtick where you say things with the sole purpose of infuriating your listeners and where loudness is equated to correctness just isn’t my cup of tea. But I also want to stand up for myself.
Thanks to Ian who spoke up for me, and who has had a few of these types of issues himself as of late.