A weekly newspaper editor has apologised after his title used a football photo posted on a fans’ website without permission.
The Croydon Advertiser was accused by an unnamed photographer of using an image of Crystal Palace footballers on its website, which they had originally posted on the Holmesdale Online fans’ forum.
The photographer, using the name the “Palacetinian”, started a discussion thread on the forum asking if the Advertiser was allowed to use photos without permission, calling it a “bleedin’ liberty”.
Editor Glenn Ebrey has apologised for the use of the photo, which he said was “unintentional” and has offered to make amends to the person who took it.
He told HTFP: “While putting together our Crystal Palace FC half-term report feature, we used a photo which we later discovered to be from a fans forum site.
“We have apologised for use of the photo, which was unintentional, and on Monday put forward an invitation to discuss some form of remedy, which I’m awaiting a response to.”
Responding to the concerns on the fan site, Glenn wrote: “The photo in question was, for whatever reason, in our system but is from this forum, so shouldn’t have been used without permission/request.
“I can only apologise for this – we are often targeted by national papers, etc.. pinching our photos and quotes, so are certainly not in the business of deliberately doing this ourselves.”
In his complaint about the Advertiser, the Palacetinian asked what the legal position was with photos posted on the Holmesdale Online site, which is known as HOL, adding that they did not like people taking them without permission.
The photographer added: “I’d be happy to invoice the Advertiser and give the funds to HOL. Anyone know what the legal position is? Can we add a copyright notice?”
Other posters on the forum also backed up the photographer, saying the paper should have requested permission before using the image.
The photo was published online by the Advertiser on 2 January and showed Palace footballers in a silent tribute to Nelson Mandela following his death.