SOPA sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith’s official website caught infringing photographer’s copyright

It had to happen, huh? The campaign site for Lamar Smith, chief sponsor of SOPA in the U.S. House, used an image without crediting the photographer as required.

Techdirt has the story and a couple of big images here. The current version of Texans for Lamar Smith does not have the photo.

In the words of photographer D.J. Schulte:

What does violate my Creative Commons license though is that I do not see anywhere on the screen capture that the image was attributed to the source (me). It would seem this image was improperly used by the organization of the very author of the SOPA bill that is being debated in Congress.

My take on SOPA: Unfortunately, our U.S. Congress is trying to take more control of the internet for large media corporations via the SOPA bill than actually protecting the rights of creatives and the work they produce. I have had images used improperly (stolen) by everyone from some guy in Pakistan to the Republican Women’s Club of Missouri to a Chinese firm selling my images in bulk so protection of rights is needed but the SOPA bill is not the answer.

I’m sure you’ll be hearing about this all over the place.