It’s one thing to write a stick-in-the-mud story saying poor taste is a reasonable excuse for denying college students their freedom of speech…
Which is pretty much what Pitch entertainment writer David Hudnall did this past week under the headline, “The Mizzou athletic department should continue to eject Antlers from games as long as they’re acting like terrible people.”
Terrible people, eh?
There’ve been plenty of folks who thought the “Back Page” ads the Pitch and other alt weeklies accepted for years from adult businesses trafficing in minors were acting like terrible people. I digress.
The Antlers are the over-the-top of Missouri students who attend MU basketball and football games and engage at times in off color antics and/or speech.
However in sticking it to the Antlers, the Pitch appropriated a copyrighted photograph of the group and ran it without permission. Which is a fairly big journalistic no-no for a for-profit media organization like the Pitch, which is owned and operated by large corporation. After all, the Pitch takes in hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad revenues, it’s not like Tonys Kansas City, sweating it out from dawn to dusk just for for the ego trip.
Or like KCC, for that matter.
Unfortunately the pic the Pitch poached belonged to none other than a University of Missouri journalism professor.
“Mr. Hudnall, Pitch.com is not authorized to use the photo you’ve posted with this story,” the prof’s comment on the Pitch website begins. “Either pay for the image or take it down immediately. You will be billed if the image is not removed from this story. Karen Mitchell, photographer.”
“It¹s pretty simple, Hearne,” Mitchell explains. “If you didn¹t pay for it or ask permission to use it, you can’t publish it. Copyrighted work is not in the public domain.
“Had someone even bothered to have asked I probably would have let (them) use it for free. You can’t just right click and take work from the Internet. (Because) that’s someone¹s work you’re taking.”
No word from Hudnall on the transgression.