March 21, 2019

Harvard sued for “profiting” off images of slaves

Martina MarkotaRebel Contributor

Have you seen this story in The Washington Post about a lawsuit claiming Harvard is profiting from images of slaves? It’s real. The lawsuit demands that images of a modern American woman’s ancestors are given back to her, under ‘copyright’ laws. But that’s not how it works.

The woman’s lawyers claim that Harvard took something that doesn’t belong to them, and that the images should be given back.

But here’s the thing:

Even if these images do turn out to be picture of this woman’s ancestors, that doesn’t mean she owns them. Copyright doesn’t work that way.

And to claim that the university is "profiting" from slavery? Give me a break.

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commented 2019-03-22 03:03:54 -0400
So, should I sue Google Earth for taking a photo of my property without asking me first?
commented 2019-03-21 22:46:47 -0400
Sounds like somebody doesn’t know the law. Photos belong to whoever took them until they enter public domain. That’s all there is to it.
commented 2019-03-21 19:00:24 -0400
If she was taking them to court to gain ownership of the picture(s), then yes.
If she’s asking for the picture and money, how much is she asking? In this case, no.

You’d think the University would have offered her copies and something for her own family to retain.
commented 2019-03-21 14:22:48 -0400
Bwahahahahaha… The dude looks like my Great, Great, Great Granddaddy… I have recently “self-identified” as Black, and I want reparations.. So pay up… If that doesn’t work, I’ll re-identify as White Irish… Then, the English owe me reparations for enslaving my Fore-Fathers… That’s how this works, right?
commented 2019-03-21 14:18:12 -0400
I disagree, I don’t think its to scare anyone into submission, its just a pure money grab and will use the racist card when she doesn’t get what she wants, which is free money…….go earn yours off your merit and not on the backs of others.