Last Updated: 11:46 PM, March 20, 2012
Posted: 11:46 PM, March 20, 2012
A freelance horse-racing photographer claims his shot of 2010 Breeders’ Cup winner Shared Account, a filly owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, was ripped off by Forbes.com.
Rick Samuels said he shot the photo for a story on buying race horses that ran in the online version of Blood-Horse magazine.
The same article ran in the print version of the magazine, but without the photo. Samuels had been hired to shoot for Blood-Horse for a per diem fee.
Some months later, while checking out a photo on Forbes.com that a colleague said had been used without permission, he noticed one of his own photos was also on the site without permission. He said he contacted the writer of the story, Kerri Hannon, who was a contributor, not a staffer, and she acknowledged she had obtained the photo from Google.
Samuels said he also contacted Forbes Chief Content Officer Lewis DVorkin, who claimed the company was not responsible for the contributing writer’s actions.
Since DVorkin’s arrival in June 2010, he has been pushing bloggers and unpaid contributing experts to appear on the website as part of a mission to transform the struggling company in the age of social media.
Samuels said DVorkin offered to give him a credit line. When Samuels said that remedy wouldn’t work, DVorkin said he would take the photo off the site, according to the photographer.
Samuels said he doesn’t care about the exposure and a credit line — he wants his money. “Whenever my picture gets used, I want to get paid — that’s my job,” he said.
A Forbes spokeswoman said that the photo had been taken off its site once editors were alerted to it, but that Forbes Media isn’t going to pay.
“Ms. Hannon mistakenly violated our terms by using a photo in one of her posts that she did not have the rights to use,” said the spokesperson. “When [we were] alerted to that use, the photo was immediately taken down, consistent with our obligations under the DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act].
“While the photographer may prefer to cast blame on Forbes, the law requires him to deal directly with the contributor who uploaded his image. Ms. Hannon understands that and looks forward to resolving the matter with Mr. Samuels.”
A spokesman for rival Fortune said that the magazine always pays for work by freelance photographers, unless it was deemed to have been a photo that was distributed as part of promotional material.
One year after erecting a “paywall” around its digital content, the New York Times said it has 454,000 paid subscribers.
The company also revealed yesterday that it is slicing in half the number of free visits that anyone can get in a single month, to 10.
After the 10 freebies, users will be asked to become digital subscribers.
“Last year was a transformative one for the Times as we began to charge for digital access to our content,” said Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the company and publisher of the Times.
New York magazine walked away with two digital “Ellies” — National Magazine Awards shaped like elephants — one for General Excellence and another for its website, from the American Society of Magazine Editors and Columbia Journalism School yesterday.
It was the second time in three years that New York won and Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss was quick to share the spotlight with Ben Williams, the editorial director of nymag.com.
“Given all the amazing work that has been seen, it seems insane, but we’re grateful all the same,” said Moss.
Among those he beat out were two of his main rivals for the print versions of National Magazine Awards, The New Yorker Editor-In-Chieff David Remnick, and James Bennet, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic.
Both of those industry stalwarts were shut out, but they were seen chatting with one another after the show. “We’re both bridesmaids,” said Remnick, who did not seem particularly perturbed by the snub.
But Remnick’s blissful state may be due to the fact that he has raided Wired to beef up his digital side.
Wired won for reporting and design. The Daily Beast’s “Book Beast” won for best website department. Other winners included: Men’s Health, in Personal Service, for an article on detecting skin cancer; The American Scholar, for Commentary; Time magazine, for best utility app for its “Populist” app on the iPad; Foreign Policy, for Multimedia; the New York Times Magazine, for a video that Clifford Levy compiled on his kids’ schooling during his four years in Moscow; and National Geographic, for its tablet edition.
Recalling the flak that ASME got when it handed out its print awards at a marathon dinner ceremony last spring that did not wrap up until after midnight, ASME President Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, encouraged winners to deliver Twitter-length acceptance speeches of under a minute.
“All we wanted was to get everyone out by 2 p.m.,” said Sid Holt, the ASME CEO as guests filed out of he the Grand Hyatt ballroom.