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HS demands student take down sports photos
Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 9:57 AM on 05.28.15
->> Here's another story where a school administer makes an unsupportable decision against a student, and then proceeds to double-down the hilarity when called on the fact that their reasoning has no legal foundation and actually is contradicted by published district policy. Long story short, Anthony Mazur, a 16 year-old HS sophomore on the yearbook staff attended a journalism conference and heard from a speaker about another student that had started to sell their sports photos to athlete parents. He thought that was a great idea, and started to do so himself with photos taken at school athletic events as part of his work as a yearbook photographer. Unfortunately, the administration took a dim view of his venture and called him down to the office for a chat. Seems a "complaint" reportedly had been received from someone and Anthony was told that the photos were "illegal", "violated copyrights", and "violated privacy" among other things. He was threatened with expulsion and being "turned over to the IRS" if he refused to comply with their demand.

Mazur, along with his parents, are pushing back against the administration. As a result, the school has shifted its reason for their demands. They now admit that isn't not a copyright or privacy issue, but now claim that the posting of the photos somehow represents a violation of the district's "Acceptable Use Policy" for technology... even though the policy has an exemption for works created as part of any school project (i.e. Yearbook).

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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:32 AM on 05.28.15
->> Back in the early '70s when I was in high school my parents loaned me $70 for a camera whereupon I shot for the yearbook. Naturally, I wanted more than just one lens, a flash, etc. But the rule was that I had to pay my parents back first from money I made from photography, and any new camera gear had to be paid for from money made from photography -- no part-time job, no college funds, etc.

Being that the yearbook didn't pay anything, I turned to shooting sporting and social events not for my fellow students but for their parents who had the money. I shot football and basketball games, dances, etc. I paid my parents back within a month and within another six I had wide angle and telephoto lenses, a couple strobes, bellows, etc.

So what these kids today are trying to do -- be enterprising -- is not new. I've been seeing it happen for decades. But the resistance from school administrations is new.

What would be interesting to learn about all this which probably won't come out in court is the decision making "why" and reasoning for taking such an obstructive stance.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:48 PM on 05.28.15
->> It's Texas. 'Nuff said.
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Frank Niemeir, Photographer
Woodstock | GA | usa | Posted: 4:00 PM on 05.28.15
->> Hmmmmm.
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Stanley Leary, Photographer, Photo Editor
Roswell | GA | | Posted: 5:34 PM on 05.28.15
->> Weird stuff in NC as well
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 7:00 PM on 05.28.15
->> Did Anthony offer them a cut?
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Mike Gatzke, Photographer
Ankeny | IA | USA | Posted: 11:40 PM on 05.28.15
->> Jared Polin interviewed Anthony. He seems like a nice kid that's being bullied by his high school's administration. They just refuse to back down when confronted by the facts.
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David Minton, Photographer
Denton | TX | USA | Posted: 12:10 AM on 05.29.15
->> He's been at games I've shot but I've never talked to him.

Flower Mound is on the edge of our coverage area (it's in our county but is one of the Dallas suburbs that just kind of roll into each other) so I'm not that plugged in to what goes on there. But this whole thing smells of a situation where that high school has someone who got in as their official photographer and nobody else can sell, and he got pissy when this kid started selling images. But if that IS the case, that's fine. The principal can tell the kid that like an adult. That's one thing. But instead the principal decided to act like a bully. No matter what the reasoning behind any of this, this principal did some pretty boneheaded things.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 3:18 PM on 05.31.15
->> Student challenges district’s stance on photos

Glad to see the NPPA and Student Press Law Center weighing in on this.
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