See Jeremy Nicholl’s blog as he’s posted Thomas Hawk’s strange apology. I take this as progress of some kind, although the whole thing was totally, sadly unnecessary. (Clarification: this parody apology is to me as good as the real thing as I don’t expect anything better, although still unsatisfying.)

Stockbroker Thomas Hawk [Parody] Apologises To Photographer Jay Maisel For Smear Campaign » The Russian Photos Blog

July 2011
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  1. Jamie Smith says:

    Another Baio supporter who has (quietly)/heavily edited their old blog from last month about Baio is Kickstarter:

    Meghan O’Connell’s ( a Kickstarter employee) blog on the KS site is of particular interest for a few reasons:
    1) Kickstarter is where Baio worked during the KOB project.
    2.) O’Connell’s blog came out the same day, and had the same name as Baio’s, ‘Kind of Screwed’
    3.) Kicstarter’s blog makes no mention of the fact that the version on their site today has gone thru some HEAVY edits since it was originally posted.

    Here are just two new sentences to appear that weren’t written this way in yesterday’s version (which was also not the original version):

    “And this is just as good a time as any to reiterate what we say in our Project Edit page:

    Don’t use music, images, video, or other content that you don’t have the rights to. Reusing copyrighted material is almost always against the law and can lead to expensive lawsuits down the road. The easiest away to avoid copyright troubles is to create all the content yourself.”

    Question: Are Kickstarter users/customers independent artists with creative original ideas who need financial help? Or once their projects are released, is their work in danger of being used with out permission by former Kickstarter employees? In some cases, maybe both. But then, why would Kickstarter write a blog sympathetic to Baio on June 23, 2011, when he has publicly he had no reason to ask Maisel for permission to use/copy/transform/appropriate/remix/sell the registered, copyrighted, original KOB image?

    I think Kickstarter is really between a rock and a hard place, but they should take a serious look at who they support, and who more importantly who supports their business.

    I do applaud Meghan for having the courage to update her post.


  2. Jamie Smith says:

    “Happy Birthday Kickstarter!” April 28, 2011

    Check out the chart, calculate 5%, give the CTO his cut…If the undisclosed Yahoo! figure didn’t convince you that Andy Baio is just struggling to get by therefore can’t afford to license an image, this graph probably won’t do the trick either…

    “Dollars Pledged by Month (April 2009 – March 2011)

    First, here’s a chart of total dollars pledged per month. This graph is not cumulative. April (not charted) will be even bigger than March, the last month shown below.”

  3. Jamie Smith says:

    July 20, 2009 ‘Kickstarter’s New CTO: Andy Baio”

    WAIT???!!! You mean Andy Baio was using the KOB image on the internet months BEFORE he was announced as the CTO of Kickstarter???

    “Obviously we are thrilled by the addition of Andy to the team (he has served on our board over the past year), as well as the values that he brings: openness, transparency and a history of consumer advocacy. We look forward to growing Kickstarter together.”

    Speaking of openness, transparency and a history of consumer advocacy, has any one heard from Andy about KOB since July 10, 2011?

    How about Kickstarter since June 23, 2011?

    Consumer advocacy as in, the user agrees to respect Kicstarter’s terms, they expect users/customers to respect ©/IP, but the former CTO was all about fair use with out asking the registered copyright image creator/owner BEFORE he came on board?

    Something strange about Kickstarter’s June 23, 2011 blog about Andy that keeps getting edited on-line in recent days…


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