Alex Midnight Walker To Melissa Hovey: Lift Copyright On Bigfoot Photo, Or Else...
Did you know that the Bigfoot photo released by Melissa Hovey is copyrighted by her group, the American Bigfoot Society?
It appears Alex Midnight Walker isn't too happy with her group copyrighting a photo that doesn't belong to her. According to the United States Copyright Law, copyright grants the copyright owner exclusive rights to their "creative work" for a specific period of time or term. The problem is -- Alex does not believe it's her property or her work, and he's wants her to remove the copyright or else, he will report her to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
|"Permission granted to reproduce for educational use only. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is strictly prohibited."|
- Melissa Hovey
If Alex does report Melissa to the USPTO and accuse her of false copyright claim, we're not sure if he will be successful since it's clearly stated in her article that photo falls under the 'Fair Use' guideline:
The American Bigfoot Society holds the copyright for this image for any and all purposes. As stated in the last article, if and when the true owner of this photo steps up, we will turn the copyright over to them, and they can cover this.
Permission granted to reproduce for educational use only. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is strictly prohibited.
This image and its use on the various websites, discussion forums blogs and any other form of social media, for purposes of discussion/evaluation/research by the general public, Bigfoot Researchers and/or the media, BE ON NOTICE: the copyright MUST be maintained and placed on any images taken from this photo for any purpose and/or distributed or displayed in any manner.