Congressman Lamar Smith (R, TX) is the author of the awful SOPA copyright bill that is about to go down in defeat.
Rep. Smith clearly cares a lot about creators’ copyrights, but not as much as he cares about his desire to save a few bucks by…ripping off a photographer.
Turns out that Rep. Smith long had an image on his website that was copied off the Net without the photographer’s knowledge or consent. The Congressman neither credited the image nor made any attempt to pay for it, says photographer DJ Schulte.
I’m sure Rep. Smith is a man of principle, and will insist on being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And of course he will want his website shut down. I mean, otherwise people would start calling him a flaming hypocrite, wouldn’t they?
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.