The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Rage Friends Sighting!

I got an e-mail from a little soon-to-be-announced birdie, asking if I'd like to try out a new service that he's thinking of subscribing to that would allow something unspecified related to photo wire services—Which sounds fantastic to me, considering my history in the matter.

As an immediate test of this new service, here's a sighting today of some Friends of Shakeel "Islamic Rage Boy" Bhat in Srinagar—What else did you expect me to search for?—Imagine that: Rage Giant (L) and the Rage Pirate (R), both in one shot!

Click to zoom (and be prepared to close this browser window!)

Jun 20, 2008 - Srinagar, Kashmir, India - Supporters of All Parties Hurriyat Conference during a protest in Srinagar. Hundreds of supporters of hurriyat alongwith party chairman syed ali shah gilani came on streets of srinagar to protest against the human rights violations and Amarnath Hindu Pilgrimage shrine board who have used some 800 Kanals land during yatra in summer capital of indian Kashmir (Something's wrong with the captions, I think. I'll update with the correct attribution when I can find it.) [Photo via Newscom]
I'd say the service works fine, though the extremely huge image sizes are something of a concern to me, from a licensing perspective. Am I really licensed to display a 1745 x 2000 pixel graphic on Snapped Shot? Or is there something that I'm missing in the mystery image service's license?

I can scale the image down, of course—and most likely will, if I continue to make use of this service—but I still have some serious lawyer-related concerns about the whole concept.

In either case, I'm only authorized at present to showcase this picture to you for 30 days from now, so if you come back later and the picture's gone, you'll know why. I'm very impressed by this service so far, though!


Update: Can't be 100% sure about this, as it would obviously depend on a lawyer's interpretation on the matter, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I may inadvertently be in violation of this particular term of the Agreement:


This Agreement does not constitute a representation that any photograph or other image is compatible for use with any other Content from Newscom or any other source. Subscriber is solely responsible for the use of a photograph or other image in combination with any other Content from Newscom or any other source. Without limitation, Subscriber shall not use and shall be solely responsible for use of any photograph or image in combination with Content covering sensitive subjects including, without limitation, topics that may depict the subject matter of a photograph or image in a negative light or subject persons to ridicule, and topics regarding all sexual issues, substance abuse, physical or mental abuse, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, AIDS, cancer, or other serious physical or mental ailments, or the disparagement of a person or product.

Pornographic, defamatory or otherwise unlawful use of Content is strictly prohibited, whether directly or in context or juxtaposition with specific subject matter.

Obviously, I don't intend to merely ridicule these professional protestors, but am actually trying to continue to illustrate that they are nothing more than repeated actors, whom the wire services treat as if speaking for all of Kashmir.

But, if said Company's lawyers suspect otherwise, they can just let me know, and I'll gladly clear things right up.

Update: I am required by license to identify the source of these photos as Newscom.

More details are sure to come later, so be sure to stay tuned!

  #Rage Boy Sightings


#1 Cletus 20-Jun-2008
I wonder if they have some sort of club, like they meet in a shwarma cafe to discuss their next ragefest and to make new signs

Who's the guy in the middle? If he doesn't have a name, I say we call him after one of those inflatable dudes who they put outside of used car shops and pizza places and stuff (dunno what they're called). He has long arms
#2 DMartyr 20-Jun-2008
Plus, you may violate because you are using the images in respect to an issue in which subjects most likely have mental ailments.

You are so screwed, Brian.

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