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Tuesday, 01 March, 2011

Caption Contest Results In Law Suit
(with comments)

Web site owners who post those stupid caption contests must be careful: Righthaven sues Las Vegas-based Citadel Broadcasting over caption contest.

photoMedia giant Citadel Broadcasting Co. was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday after one of its radio station websites conducted a caption contest for a Denver Post "TSA enhanced pat-down" photo.

Citadel, based in Las Vegas, was sued in U.S. District Court for Nevada by Righthaven LLC, also of Las Vegas.

Righthaven, which sues over Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post material, complained in its lawsuit that 630WPRO radio talk show host Matt Allen in Providence, R.I., posted the photo without authorization on the station website.

It's unclear if Righthaven or the Denver Post have asked Citadel or 630WPRO to remove the photo from the website -- the photo at issue remained posted with the caption contest information on the 630WPRO home page Friday.

The Nov. 18 photo showing a passenger being patted down at Denver International Airport was distributed to media outlets by The Associated Press and some observers say it has become a symbol of controversial enhanced TSA screening procedures.

Normally, I'd post an image of the photo, but I'm not taking any chances.

- Reader Comments -

Following are comments in response to this item.
The most recent comment is at the bottom.

  1. By Doug. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @08:05am:
    Just to be safe - make the next one a Caption contest for a picture I'm going to describe to you.
  2. By Bisbonian. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @08:07am:
    I imagine that some mornings, 593 days can't come soon enough.
  3. By meg_mac. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @08:17am:
    Caption: Response to a simple question asked of Michele Bachman/Sarah Palin.
  4. By wormpicker. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @08:22am:
    I've always felt that those caption contests were illegal, unethical, immoral, and un-American.
  5. By Doug. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @08:29am:
    I'm going to get a patent, copyright, trademark, and dibs on a black box image. Then get all Getty on bloggers. Bwahaha!
  6. By sekirt. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @09:40am:

    Hey, Sarah Palin is trademarked, you can't use that! Never mind, I see her application was temporarily rejected.
  7. By MAPLE LEAF. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @11:11am:
    Is that the actual blank space or the frequently used random blank space?
  8. By chazunga. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @03:14pm:
    "In a major scientific breakthrough, NASA scientists have, for the very first time, photographed the inside of a black hole."
  9. By christopher. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @03:52pm:
    more idiocy via RI!
    Gooooooooooooo little Rhody!
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