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Creative Commons and the U.S. Senate campaign

Brown headshot was taken from this picture

The Bob Massie campaign is using a photo I took of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on its Half-Term Senator website. I just want to be clear that all content on Media Nation is published under a Creative Commons license, which means that anyone is free to use it for non-commercial purposes, with certain restrictions. I receive no compensation. The complete terms of the license are online here.

The Massie campaign neither sought nor needed my permission. A campaign official asked me if my Creative Commons license covers photos as well as text. I told her it did, and that was the end of it. Anyone else is free to use it as well — including, of course, the Brown campaign.

The photo, by the way, is from a debate involving Brown, Attorney General Martha Coakley and independent candidate Joseph Kennedy held at WBZ-TV (Channel 4) in December 2009.

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  1. Mike Benedict

    Bob Massie campaign today, cover of Newsweek tomorrow.

    The only thing missing is the question mark above his head.

  2. Peter Sullivan

    Nice Mike,

    Never miss an opportunity to Goose Step right down the party line….

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Peter: Running afoul of Godwin’s Law, so early in the thread?

  3. peter Sullivan

    Had to Google that one.


  4. Mike Rice

    As the bickering continues along party lines, as the stalemate in Congress remains in place and as it appears that this country continues to head toward fiscal bottom in the final analysis I think we should all keep in mind that “we did it to ourselves.”

    My condolences to future generations.

  5. Mike Benedict

    Why is it that comparing someone to Hitler is an abomination, but comparing them to lots of mini Hitlers is acceptable (at least for those on the, ahem, “right”)?

    This much I know: Mr. Sullivan is not a Jew.

  6. Peter Sullivan

    By the way Mike, I am not on the right, I am in the middle and make thoughtful decisions about issues without the knee jerk reaction of any political persuasion. But that is off topic to the discussion about creative commons licensing.

  7. Mike Benedict

    @Peter: If you say so.

  8. C.E. Stead

    @ Mike – I bet he’s not a Christian Scientist, gypsy, epileptic or homosexual either!

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