Teen Sues Virgin Mobile for Stealing Her Flickr Photosposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 9/20/2007 05:00:00 PM
Alison Chang is suing Virgin Mobile for stealing her Flickr photos and pastering them in Virgin Mobile ad campaigns. The 16-year old Alison was attending a Christian camp in Australia when a camp counselor took a photo of her flashing a peace sign and uploaded it to Flickr. That photo ended up in a multimillion Virgin Mobile ad campaign featured in bus stop ads like the one above urging Alison to "Dump your pen friend girl"! Virgin never asked Alison for permission and Alison never them her blessing. Big mistake!
You can seee that Alison found out about the photo and she logged on to Flickr to express her outrage. In the comments for the Flickr photo, Alison replied to the photo "hey that's me! no joke. i think i'm being insulted...can you tell me where this was taken."
I guess she has every reason to be pissed off. "It's the tag line; it's derogatory," said Damon Chang, 27. "A lot of her church friends saw it." Allison's family filed a lawsuit late Wednesday in state district court in Dallas against Virgin Mobile USA LLC, its Australian counterpart, and Creative Commons Corp., a Massachusetts nonprofit that licenses sharing of Flickr photos.
The suit has triggered a rave discussions at Flickr over the Creative Commons licensing scheme and hundreds of people are posting how this could have happened.