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Did Mayor Boughton steal my photograph?

Thursday, June 22, 2006
Time: 5:30 PM

Okay, we have a problem.

Now, I take great credit in my work since I really bust my butt to give you guys the best photos and videos I can produce. Now, all of my original work (i.e. photographs, video footage) is protected under a little thing called the
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Now, why do I bring this up you ask? Well, a reader pointed me to this site called SupportReform.org which uses a photograph I took without my permission.

Here's a quicksnap of the page, notice the photo (click on image to enlarge).
Now click here to go back to my original post about the Boughton immigration press conference and notice my photograph. See something in common. Here, I've save you the time and made a snapshot (click to enlarge).

Now since Mayor Boughton is making a gesture with his hands, the chances of two photographers taking exactly the same picture at exactly the same angle is very unlikely...in fact, it's almost impossible. Given that fact, this is clearly my picture being used on a anti-immigration site and I would never agree to have my photograph be associated with this site.

Here's the twist, this organization was created by the Mayor himself and you would think he would know better than to rip off my material without giving me credit for my work.

Now, I know many people down at City Hall check this site out so I'm going to be cool about this for now and ask someone to kindly tell the Mayor to take my photograh off of his site or obey the rules of my site and give me credit for my work (photo courtesy of Hat City Blog).

Hopefully, this will be taken care of quickly. I really don't like having my work ripped off like this so it would be wise for the parties involved to get this matter cleared up before I get really upset and start posting about this on more consistent basis.

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



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