Friday, 23 October 2015
We're just back from a super fun few hours mountain biking at Derby. When I say 'back', I mean back at our holiday house in Bridport. Jon, Robin and I snuck away for the afternoon and had an awesome time on the fancy new trails which up until today we'd not had a chance to ride. Ever. We had such an great time, that I thought I'd write a quick blog post while Jon was out buying our well deserved fish and chips.
The images in the first page or so are mostly classics like these..
I like it, but I thought I'd scroll down the page a bit further to see if there was anything else that I could use was a bit different..
hang on?!… What's that there? (see above, about the middle picture.. guy with the white helmet).. huh?? let me see..
what the?? That's JON!!! my Jon! Jon who has never ridden on the new Derby trails before, is coming up in my search results.. but wait - is he also coming up in an article somewhere featuring the Derby trails??……clicking though to site...
huh??? really?? ETB Travel News? what does the article actually say..hmm..
Article from May 2015: "A newly developed mountain bike trail in Derby, Tasmania proved to be a major success over the weekend, drawing in tourists from all over the country to the Australian Mountain Bike Championships"
Including it seems, a tourist from history. Jon hasn't ridden that bike for at least 4 years. AND he's clearly mountain bike orienteering as he has a map, not enjoying the Australian Mountain Bike Championships. And, he's not at Derby. In fact, I have a feeling he might be at Cambridge, near Hobart airport.
The most amusing thing about this situation is that I found this misappropriation whilst attempting to commit my own breach of copyright crime. Although, to be fair, this photo doesn't look like it's one of mine, so there's a chance the reporter used it with permission from the actual copyright holder - perhaps the only crime here is extremely poor image selection. Out of interest to see where the article actually got the photo from (and confirm it wasn't one from this very blog), I ran it through Googles reverse image search, and lo-and-behold… the source….
Right!! So Jon, who has mountain bike orienteered less than 10 times in his life, is featured on the Wikipedia entry for Mountain Bike Orienteering, which makes the mis-use of the photo even more hilarious. Wikipedia is pretty good about listing the origin of its images, so I was able to discover who the original photographer was (JHarrison), as well as where and when it was taken (Meehan Ranges, near Hobart, 2011). Also I can see that the photographer has allowed re-use of the image only if it is attributed correctly. So Brittney Levinson, from ETB Travel News, not only should you have found a more appropriate image (what the heck were you doing looking up Mountain Bike Orienteering??) you should have also done this (from the Creative Commons Licence Info stuff):
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
But hey, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. So I'm not mentioning this to anyone. :) (I'm also not believing anything I read on the internet anymore).