On Monday evening, MSNBC’s Daily Rundown aired a segment on Robert Sarvis and his Libertarian Party run to be Virginia’s next governor. During the piece, they displayed several photos including this one:
When I saw this image, I had to watch the clip a second time. Sure enough, they borrowed this picture from this blog, from my article on August 18th entitled “Sarvis’ Valley Adventure in Pictures“.
Normally, seeing one of my photos on a major news source would make me quite excited. However, MSNBC did not attribute this photo to me nor did they seek my permission. I’m fairly certain that if the roles had been reversed, if I had used something that their station had created without proper citation, there would be cries of “plagiarism” and I would be facing a horde of lawyers brandishing cease and desist orders or a lawsuit of some kind or another.
Yesterday morning, I contacted MSNBC with this concern but, other than being given an email address that I sent a letter, 24 hours later, I still have no reply. Today, I posted my disappointment to their Twitter account. I don’t think requesting a simple mention is that onerous of a request.
If there are any new developments in this story, you can find the updates here.