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07/11/2014

Photographer to Matt Barber's website: Stop using my copyrighted image or face lawsuit

by Jeremy Hooper

Matt Barber's viciously anti-gay website has lifted the viral photo that photographer Lindsay Foster shot of two new dads welcoming their precious bundle into the world and written the phrase "junk science" over it:

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There is no way BarbWire can claim "fair use" of this photo. In addition to the alteration of the work and the size of the reproduction (which does matter; non-scaleable thumbnails are different from full size images, which is how Google Images gets away with what it does), the writer, Bill Muehlenberg doesn't even reference the photo as part of his commentary. The pic is not newsworthy to his story; it's simply there as an illustration to make gay parenting seem like "junk science."

Foster is playing hardball:

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[BarbWire.com]

Good for her, taking a stand for both intellectual property and family values.

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**By the way, I'm apparently blocked from BarbWire:

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This one is really weird, too, since not only have I not made any incendiary or foul comments (which I never do anywhere and yet still get banned), but I honestly don't think I've commented on this site at all. Maybe once or twice, but it was so inconsequential that I don't even remember it.

But if Matt, like so many social conservatives, wants to shut out fair debate, then he can. I welcome it. It makes his "free speech"-loving movement (HA!) seem even more hypocritical.

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