I have to admit I've been rendered speechless by a lot of things lately. I won't mention specifics in most cases—you can probably guess a few.
Not the most appalling, but possibly the most egregious, is something that's happened in our very own little parish. You can read the article yourself at Hyperallergic and I recommend you do so, but you can get the gist from the first paragraph:
"In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress [for] use by the general public at no charge."
If that's not just a jaw-dropped, wide-eyed WTF, I don't know what is.
Not only that, it's not the first time it's happened. "In 2013, Daniel Morel was awarded $1.2 million in a suit against Getty, after the agency pulled his photos from Twitter and distributed them without permission to several major publications."
Behavior like that brings to mind—well, my mind—Matt Taibbi's famous description of Goldman Sachs: "...a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."
By the way, in paragraph two above is our vocabulary word for the day: egregious (roughly, ih-GREE-juss), adj., extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant. Excessively shocking or outrageous. "Over-the-top awful" in argot ordinaire.
But really, there are no words.
(Thanks to Donal Wells)
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