Stolen Photo Wins Contest 1 Photo Piracy
Mark Joseph Solis, a graduate student at the University of the Philippines, found the photo to the left online and entered it into a contest. Mr. Solis was declared the winner of the Smiles of the World photo contest sponsored by the Chilean Embassy. He won $1,000 and roundtrip tickets from the Philippines to Chile and Brazil. Until Gregory J. Smith, founder of the Children at Risk Foundation, recognized the image as one he captured in 2006 and shared — all rights reserved — on Flickr. The Chilean Embassy revoked the prize from Solis, threatened to sue him and says it is re-evaluating submissions to re-award the prize. “The guy obviously has an insatiable appetite for infringing copyrighted material without any scruples,” Smith told GMA News. “I have taken note of his apologies and remorse, but I myself am a man of action, so I would like to see Solis translate his words into some solid action to benefit the children he has so irresponsibly abused.” Solis’ majored in, wait for it…political science. – Story thanks to PetaPixel
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