Photographers clearly have it worse than any of us when it comes to being ripped off by Silicon Valley. Photographer Kalliope Amorphous (who is awesome, by the way) is in a truly alarming situation where the billionaire class is trying to silence an artist through intimidating legal maneuvering:
What would you do if you were a mid-career artist and a multi-million-dollar technology company made your entire body of artwork available to its subscribers for download, transmission, display, copying, and creation of derivative works, like magazine covers – all without your permission?
You would probably send them a cease and desist letter. But what would you then do if, in response, they hired a large Silicon Valley law firm to sue you and then tried to bully you into silence? This is exactly what is happening to me. Flipboard is suing me in Federal Court in the Northern District of California after I demanded that they stop infringing hundreds of my copyrighted photos.
Yes, that’s right. The infringer is suing the creator. And they are using Google’s law firm, gigantic Silicon Valley Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to do it.
Click here to see if you want to support Kalliope’s Go Fund Me campaign…but do it quick before Google intimidates Go Fund Me to find a way to take it down.