January 22, 2009

Indian dancers at the NMAI

Photos from the inaugural celebration at the National Museum of the American Indian--mostly of Central and South American dancers:

NMAI DC Celebration--January 17, 2009

Comment:  For more on the subject, see Indians in Obama's Inaugural.


Anonymous said...


This photograph is from the NATV™ coverage of the events of the week, and is a copyright protected photo NOT for public use. Remove it immediately and contact me at tjryan@natv.org for further instruction.

Tara J. Ryan
Public Affairs Officer
NATV™, Public Affairs Officer

Rob said...

My posting of this photo is permitted under the fair-use provision of the copyright law (Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107), which states:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

But since the photo isn't critical to this item, I'll be glad to remove it.

P.S. Since you didn't thank me for linking to your work and helping to publicize it, thereby making more people aware of NATV, I'll do it myself. Good job, Rob!

Anonymous said...


You need a lesson in legality, you are not a "news" or legitimate as recognized by courts, "commentary" site.

Interesting and final comment from anyone associated with real Native media is exactly that...when it's non-Native media reporting you show the reverence that is required (most likely out of nothing but fear) but nevertheless, no ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox pictures are on your site ever.

Interesting, you feel "Lord" and superior over a Native Media organization. Now that says it all.

You did this to somehow associate yourself with us for site hits or whatever other reason that it is that you continue to try to inject yourself into our community.

Thanking you would be like thanking Andrew Jackson (except that you don't have the power to do a thing).

Good luck to you, you got what you wanted...attention. For the last time.

Rob said...

No, you need a lesson in legality, Tara. I frequently comment and criticize, which are at the heart of the fair-use provision of the copyright law. I occasionally report breaking news too. And whatever I do, I'm always trying to educate people. The law protects these activities whether this is a personal blog or a major news site.

Re "no ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox pictures are on your site ever": Are you really this ignorant about Newspaper Rock? I post photos and videos from every source imaginable, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, etc. The fair-use provision of the copyright law covers them all.

With or without the photo, I linked to your MySpace album to make it available to my readers. If "stealing" your photo was my motivation, why did I delete it but leave the posting online? Go ahead and answer that if you can, smart mouth.

FYI, I work in the Native media too, since I help maintain PECHANGA.net and write for Indian Country Today. Since my first article published in a Native publication was almost 20 years ago, I'm guessing I've worked longer in this field than you have. If so, I suggest you learn to respect your elders.

Finally, I couldn't care less if you think I'm equivalent to Andrew Jackson. I quoted the law that covers my posting. You couldn't touch that except with your worthless opinion on the matter. Next time you want to offer a legal opinion, try quoting someone or something other than yourself.