A Band’s Not-So-Impressive Response To Being Called Out On Copyright Infringement

Unintentional copyright infringements are part of the business, but sometimes they are handled in the worst manner possible as stated in a report on PetaPixel written by DL Cade.

The report shows the story of a band, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, which used a photograph clicked by Rohan Anderson without his permission and when he endeavored to clear the matter and get his rights, he was ridiculed for it.

Usually under a situation when you are guilty of copyright infringement without intention and are called out for it, you apologize, but this band clearly had a different idea as it refused to take the matter seriously and tried to pass it off as a joke and something not to be taken seriously. Needless to say, this is far from an impressive conduct as such a callous approach to such a matter is not acceptable. Read more about the interaction that happened between the band and the photographer.

The original version of the cropped Facebook photo above.
He and some of his friends also commented on the image — comments that were quickly deleted — which led to this minor change.
Here’s his message and their less than professional reply.

This was followed by a reply to his email that read:

You have no legal claim as the photo is credited and is not posted for a monetary gain and features our likeness and image not yours. Also you have just got your self banned from any festival or show we ever play again in that region for life! Congrats!
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He was greeted with this response:

We welcome the “lawyer” and his response. As for the lol it was funny, life is funny. If you want to take it any other way that’s fine with us. As for the “tables turning” remark our music is everywhere illegally and we let it go like all other “professionals” try it out sometime. Most unknown photographers are happy to have world wide known bands use their photos and consider it an honor, you are clearly an example of the opposite.
Don’t send anymore threats or you’ll be hearing from our Lawyer!
Have a nice day 😉
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