***UPDATED (see bottom of post)****
The Scum deleted the article :)
Walking home the other night with some friends we spotted that The George Hotel in Huntingdon had put up its Christmas display in the lobby.
It’s August 28th. Er?….WTF?
I went back the next day and posted a photo on Instagram and twitter. Documentally and Laica were with me the night before and they’d been busy talking to journalists and tweeting about it too.
I was so proud (#sarcasm) when I awoke this morning to a google alert informing me I’d made it to the illustrious pages of The Scum newspaper (sic)!!!
Christian “Documentally” Payne gets a mention too…..
But hey wait a minute! No one from The
Scum Sun asked my permission to use the picture…….why you thieving….!
I’d made it very clear to a journalist from the Cambridge News who contacted me on twitter about using the photo what my feelings about it being used were……
Swiftly on the phone to The Sun’s “we pay for stories” line then…
The nice (sic) man I spoke too assured me that the journalist in question would be in touch today to arrange payment.
After some soul searching and valid points from twitter and friends, I decided that actually, I didn’t really want my photo in The Scum.
I called back and the nice (sic) people at the picture desk hung up on me 3 times before I finally managed to speak to someone asking for the removal of the photo.
Of course, I needed to email him because he wasn’t about to take my word for it.
further to our phone conversation this morning at 9:07 am.
You quote my tweet ( @uchujinphoto ) and use my picture of the George hotel in Huntingdon in the above article “Christmas In August”
This was done without my permission and without anyone contacting me.
This is copyright infringement.
Please remove it and any mention of me from the article and contact me via email to let me know it has been removed.
I do not wish to be associated with your newspaper (sic) in any way shape or form.
I received this reply:-
Dear Mr Storey,
And I countered:-
Dear Mr ********,
Thanks for your prompt reply.
No attempt was made to contact me about the photo or embedding of the tweet, or of using my real name in the article (as opposed to just my twitter handle).
£50 for an image would be laughably low even if you hadn’t stolen it at which point I’d be thinking more in the region of £400 to account for the copyright infringement and waste of my time dealing with contacting you.
On reflection, I do not wish to receive any payment and would like the photo removed promptly.
I cannot in good conscience allow it to be used in a newspaper (sic) with the views of The Sun a publication that peddles racism, sexism and homophobia to the lowest common denominator of British society. In short a disgrace.
I expect confirmation of its removal promptly.
An hour or so goes by and the photo is still on The Scums site, so I write another email:-
Dear Mr ********,
It’s over an hour since my reply declining your payment for illegal use of my photo and asking for its prompt removal and yet it still remains on your site.
Would you be kind enough to explain why?
No reply so I call them asking to speak to *name redacted* only to be told it’s an embed and they won’t be removing it.
Dear Mr Story,
I am writing to you about an article entitled “Christmas In August” published in your online edition dated 29th August 2017
After initially offering me £50 for the photo, which I declined, *name redacted* then refused to remove the photo claiming it was a twitter embed and he was as such not required to remove it.
Please reply at your earliest convenience and remove the photo, my tweet and my name from the article.
Why would I want to share anything with the right wing scourge of British society that is the average Sun reader?
I’m glad it’s been removed.
A ridiculous waste of everyone’s time this morning easily solved if Mr ***** had just removed it when asked.
Best WishesMr Storey