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March 20, 2009


Rex Hammock

re: fair use / I hope it's obvious even to AP (especially considering you have no ads on your page and you are pointing to an AP member site) that fair use applies here. However, if you wish to turn it into a work of art that becomes an iconic poster that is then reused and sold on millions of T-shirts, they may come after you. ; )


Actually, there is more to be said. Check the note in parenthesis added to the caption:

Unused newspaper racks clutter a storage yard in San Francisco, California on Friday, March 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (edit: see edit note at top, these unused boxes were removed per city rules, not due to economic pressure)


Absolutely brilliant headline.

I'm dubious about the edit note on "city rules". I'm sure they could have found another home had there been demand.


It's a really colorful graveyard - almost as if the dwindling print industry is being marked with a whimsical end.

Mr. Mark Potts - I'm one of the students from Professor Klein's class, and I enjoy reading your blog. Your posts are always relevant to a graduating student like me that's about to enter the workforce! Thank you.

Angela Connor

I've heard so much bad news this week from former colleagues at The Sun-Sentinel that I am extremely grateful to one of my mentors who encouraged me to leave and accept a job at WRAL.com that involved launching and growing a brand new online community. I had no idea that it would lead me to this great place I am at the moment in a sea of opportunity. Great caption. Sad reality. Too bad newspapers ignored the obvious for a decade or more.


Even the editor of the series admits that this photo was taken out of context when it was included in the recession series.


" #57 posted by alantaylor , March 19, 2009 4:48 PM

Hi, I'm the person who runs The Big Picture. Just so you know, the newspaper graveyard photo wasn't intentionally fear-mongering, just an error in context on my part. After reading the comments above, (and only having the brief caption "Unused newspaper racks clutter a storage yard in San Francisco, California" to go with), I was able (now) to use Google Maps to track down the location, right next to a San Francisco Chronicle facility (thanks for the link @stevenleckart). I called the SF Chron, got in touch with Chris Blaser, VP of circulation, who confirmed to me that the unused boxes at that location are indeed sitting there due to the city's rules removing clutter from the street - not due to any economic pressures. Emblematic of a larger problem or not, the error of including that photo in this collection was mine, and I've updated the entry. Thanks to everyone."


For instance, here's a photo that conveys the same message but isn't taken out of context.


Mark Potts

Meghan: You're the one who's reading a context into this photo that I never intended. I just thought it was an interesting photo, and I knew full well where it originated and what it really was. Thanks for the repeated clarifications, but I think you're reading a bit too much into this.

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