What a sad and bizarre story (compiled):
Lara Jade Coton is an 18 year old photographer and college student who resides in England. Her work has been featured in a range of magazines and e-zines. She took up photography at the age of 14 and also works in photo manipulation and digital art. She discovered that an innocent self-portrait, taken when she was 14 years old, was obtained off the Internet and used without permission as the DVD cover and face art for the sexually explicit movie "Body Magic", produced by TVX Films. [...]
Lara Jade contacted TVX Films of Texas and asked them to stop using her picture. The company responded first by ridiculing the young woman, then by accusing her of trying to perpetrate some kind of scam. [...]
"Adding insult to injury, the company had the audacity to blame Lara Jade for the disappointing sales of its porn movie". [...]
"Actually, removing your image will help improve the sale of the DVD". [...]
While the Internet offers creative people a worldwide outlet for their work, it´s also common for artists to find that their work has been borrowed innocently or just plain stolen by others.
This "case demonstrates how easily children can become victimized in the age of social networking sites":
"This amazing technology allows us all to share our photos with friends and loved ones, but parents must realize that any picture a child puts on the Internet is about three mouse clicks away from being stolen by anybody. And as this case shows, it could be used for anything, including pornography."
Time to put a press release on Digg.com.