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Sunday, January 15, 2012

SOPA Author is a Hypocrite!

While the Stop Online Piracy Act, otherwise known as SOPA, continues to dominate the news, the people responsible for the bill continue to break their own rules.

A few weeks ago, several SOPA sponsors were caught posting copyrighted videos on their personal websites.

Under SOPA, this is considered to be a felony, and is punishable by 5 years in prison.

One of the most prominent "criminals" was SOPA author Lamar Smith, who as it turns out, is a persistent copyright infringer himself.

This was the Lamar Smith's website before it was remodeled.
This was the photo copyright of DJ Schulte.
Vice reports that Smith used a Creative Commons licensed photo on his site without attributing the author.

"I do not see anywhere on the screen capture that you have provided that the image was attributed to the source (me)," photographer DJ Schulte told Vice.

"So my conclusion would be that Lamar Smith's organization did improperly use my image. So according to the SOPA bill, should it pass, maybe I could petition the court to take action against"

Smith and his team, upon realizing they were caught, were quick to hide all traces to the infringing material, but  not before the screenshot above was captured.

Source TorrentFreak


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