Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Peace in our Time


The Obama Administration’s proposed deal with Iran raises grave concerns about nuclear proliferation, the war on terror and the balance of power in the Middle East. But let’s focus on the real story: Improperly crediting my Photoshop images.

The Drudge Report’s top story, titled “Peace in our Time,” is promoted with a magnificent photo illustration which has since appeared across the Net. It is so magnificent, in fact, that I immediately recognized it as my own. (False humility is a sin, people.)

At first I was excited, then bummed to find I wasn’t credited or linked for my Barack Chamberlain graphic.

I sent the image around Twitter over the weekend, but originally created it for my old blog in 2008. As usual, I embedded a watermark, but, as usual, some nefarious photo editor removed it to push it as their own. Drudge probably found one of the edited versions, slapped it on his website and moved on. I certainly doubt there was any ill intent on his part.

Every so-so blogger has had his/her content appropriated without credit. This goes triple for Photoshoppers. Annoying, but not the end of the world. I just wanted the Internet history books to show that it was I who created the masterpiece and the billions in royalties should be sent to my home address.

Genius photoshop by me.

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  1. Done Contributor

    It is a brilliant image. I’ll kneecap Drudge for you if I ever run into him.

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    • November 26, 2013, at 10:11 AM PST
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  2. John Davey Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. I just wanted the Internet history books to show that it was I who created the masterpiece and the billions in royalties should be sent to my home address.

    There can be only one.

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    • November 26, 2013, at 10:31 AM PST
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  3. Flagg Taylor Member

    Bret Stephens’s column today is excellent–he should have “borrowed” your image.

    That’s where the differences end between Geneva and the previous accords. What they have in common is that each deal was a betrayal of small countries—Czechoslovakia, South Vietnam, Israel—that had relied on Western security guarantees. Each was a victory for the dictatorships: “No matter the world wants it or not,” Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said Sunday, “this path will, God willingly, continue to the peak that has been considered by the martyred nuclear scientists.” Each deal increased the contempt of the dictatorships for the democracies: “If ever that silly old man comes interfering here again with his umbrella,” Hitler is reported to have said of Chamberlain after Munich, “I’ll kick him downstairs and jump on his stomach.”

    And each deal was a prelude to worse. After Munich came the conquest of Czechoslovakia, the Nazi-Soviet pact and World War II. After Paris came the fall of Saigon and Phnom Penh and the humiliating exit from the embassy rooftop. After Geneva there will come a new, chaotic Mideast reality in which the United States will lose leverage over enemies and friends alike.

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    • November 26, 2013, at 10:40 AM PST
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  4. Profile Photo Member

    Nice photoshop skills Jon. And very prescient on many levels. One might even say genius.

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    • November 26, 2013, at 11:43 AM PST
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  5. Hammurabi Inactive

    Did you credit the photographers whose images you used to create your image, Jon?

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    • November 26, 2013, at 11:56 AM PST
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  6. Kevin Creighton Contributor

    If the government took the shot, it is, by default, in the public domain and available for commercial use. The Library of Congress is chock-full of iconic images paid for on the tapayer dime, including Dorthea Lange’s famous “Migrant Mother” shot and other FSA images, Timothy O’Sullivans Western Photographic Survey shots and many others. 

    After 20+ years shooting pictures for a living, I’m fairly familiar with this. I also have three GREAT shots of San Xavier Del Bac on my walls at home that cost me jack squat to download and use. :D 

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    • November 27, 2013, at 1:11 AM PST
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  7. Totus Porcus Inactive

    Let’s hope the referees at the DrudgeReport recognize the need for a make-up call. Now quick, post up something witty about Iran. 

    But could Ricochet handle the traffic spawned by a link from Drudge? 

    (Come to think if it, that would also be a great way to crash

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    • November 27, 2013, at 1:44 AM PST
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  8. Profile Photo Member

    Hammurabi: Both were public domain images with no photographers listed or watermarks shown.

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    • November 27, 2013, at 12:03 PM PST
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  9. Kevin Creighton Contributor

    ExJon’s original post on this subject on his old blog.

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    • November 27, 2013, at 12:06 PM PST
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  10. Hammurabi Inactive

    Doubtful that Obama image is public domain. Wherever that image originally appeared likely has a copyright mark in the footer.

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    • November 27, 2013, at 12:38 PM PST
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