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  • Blue Springs council candidate learns lesson on copyrights

  • Blue Springs City Council candidate Michael Freeman said he did not realize it would be a problem to put a cartoon on his campaign website, until the cartoonist contacted him.

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  • Blue Springs City Council candidate Michael Freeman said he did not realize it would be a problem to put a cartoon on his campaign website, until the cartoonist contacted him.
    Freeman, a candidate for District 3 in Blue Springs, posted a cartoon from editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis on his website, www.michaelwfreeman.info/, earlier this year. The cartoon depicted the Statue of Liberty opening the dome of the Capitol building, under the headline “More Transparency in Blue Springs.” The cartoon was correctly attributed to Zyglis. However, Freeman said he was unaware he needed permission from the cartoonist before he posted it.
    “I found it through a search on Google,” he said. “I did not think it would be an issue.”
    Publishing content found on the Internet follows the same rules as publishing material in a print publication. If it is something that was created by someone else, then permission needs to be granted before it can be posted. Otherwise, it could become a copyright issue.
    A variety of items are protected by copyrights, including song lyrics, recordings, photos, literary works and cartoons.
    Freeman said Zyglis, a cartoonist out of Buffalo, N.Y., sent an email earlier this week and asked him to remove the cartoon. Freeman said upon receiving the email, he removed the cartoon immediately. According to Zyglis blog, blogs.buffalonews.com/adam-zyglis, he has cartoons that are syndicated throughout the world and has won awards for his work.
     
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