My Use of PNJ Content Falls Under the Legal Realm of Fair Use
On Thursday, Mike Suchcicki, the Pensacola News Journal’s multimedia editor sent me an email that asked me to stop using their images on my blog.
Here is the email:
It is the policy of the Pensacola News Journal to never allow the posting of our copyright content, which includes photos, cartoons and articles, on other web sites. Therefore we must request that you no longer post any content obtained from the Pensacola News Journal web site, pnj.com, and that you remove any photos, cartoons or other content from our web site that you have used on pensacolablog.blogspot.com.
You are free to link to our content, and we will be happy to provide you with the proper links.
If you have any questions, please write or call.
Thank you for your understanding and for your prompt attention to this matter.
Pensacola News Journal
I could have just not responded to the email and kept using their images because my use of their images is legal and does not break any copyright laws.
Instead of ignoring the email, I sent a reply to Mr. Suchcicki asking if we could work out an arrangement for me to continue to keep using their altered images on my blog.
I promised to never use any images from their website that are unaltered; I will never use images like cartoons.
Instead of pissing off the PNJ, I wanted to work out an agreement where I could legally use some of their content from their site that I would alter for artistic expression and present in a newsworthy manner.
Plus, I don’t make any money from my blog. I am not taking away any ad revenue from www.pensacolanewsjournal.com. I have a full time job in grassroots communication; I do this for fun because I love the community of Pensacola and want my blog to be a complement to their website. I want The Pensacola Blog to be an additional source of news where people can meet, step beyond the headlines and discuss the issues. I will pose questions that will get the discussion going. I will hopefully also offer some insight into the issues of concern in Pensacola, FL.
Here was my response to the Pensacola News Journal:
Hello to Mike and gang,
In order for me to continue posting the Pensacola News Journal's content on my blog, there has to be some kind of arrangement that we can work out. Are you sure that I have to take them down?
My blog is on the up-and-up; I'm legit. Every time I use one of your images on The Pensacola Blog, I make sure to give your paper the credit.
Under the body of each post, I make sure to tell the reader where the image came from. It always looks like this: [Photo Via Pensacola News Journal]. The text of Pensacola News Journal is always hyperlinked to your paper's website. If the credit is too far away from the image, I will move it closer. I could also start linking to the story on your website that corresponds to the image that I am using in my blog.
Also, I'm sorry for linking to Jim Paul cartoon today. I understand that this post crossed the line and I violated the fair use doctrine in the federal copyright laws. In the future, I will never use any of your images on Pensacola Blog that would break US copyright laws.
I will only use your photographed images. From now on, The Pensacola Blog's use of your photographed images will under the legal realm of the fair use doctrine. I will no longer post your cartoons on my blog or any other content from your website that would break the law.
I would love to discuss this further and look forward to working something out so that I can keep using your photographed images on my blog.
As a sign of goodwill, I will not post any more of your images on The Pensacola Blog until we have made an arrangement for me to use them.
Talk to you soon,
Hopefully, the Pensacola News Journal will help out an amateur blogger that just wants facilitate conversation amongst Pensacolians. I’m not sure why this would be a problem when I am not profiting from my blog.
I hope The Pensacola News Journal and The Pensacola Blog can work something out.