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NDP candidate takes socialism to a new level

A photo in the July 10th edition of "The Fitzhugh", a weekly paper in Jasper, AB credited to Yellowhead NDP candidate Ken Kuzminski was demonstrably taken by Brendan Frisina, a friend of mine who is living in Jasper for the summer, and is used in the paper without his permission. Updated

The photo in question is of a derailment that Brendan watched take place on June 29th.

At that time (Sun, 29 Jun 2008 23:10:38, UTC-6/MDT), Brendan posted a photo of the derailment to popular trainspotting website railpictures.net and sent the following message, which included a copy of the photo, to the major mailing list for trainspotters watching CN operations in Canada. It reads, in whole:

Plagiarised photo comparison
Above: the photo from The Fitzhugh with credit enlarged.
Below: Brendan's original colour photo.

G82541 28 derailed at least four grain loads this evening as they were departing Jasper at 1933 MT. Power was 2222 and 2260.

The trailing truck of ITLX 44061 jumped the tracks while going over a switch leaving Track 8, and dragged for half a mile along the ballast and through a public crossing before finally reaching the crossovers at CN Home, where it and at least 3 other cars jumped the tracks. The ITLX and two other hoppers ripped open and were spilling grain, while at least one other car remained upright but off the rails.

The conductor reported to the RTC that the speed at the time of the derailment was 16 MPH, but I'd like to see what the event recorder download has to say...

Photo here: http://tinyurl.com/3ko5og


Yesterday afternoon, he posted a note on facebook reading as follows, with a link to his photo and a scan of The Fitzhugh's July 10th edition -- some 11 days after Brendan witnessed and photographed this derailment:

Below is a note I wrote to the newspaper after discovering that a photo of mine had been stolen and printed without my permission, with someone else's name as the credit!

For comparison, check my photo versus the one in the newspaper...
Mine: http://tinyurl.com/4jzqur
Newspaper: http://tinyurl.com/6yv2dt

Good morning,

Much to my surprise, I found that one of my photos had been printed in the Fitzhugh. Not only had I not given the photo to the newspaper for publishing, but the photo credit went to somebody else! For what it's worth, the photo in question is the one of the CN derailment at Home (Mile 0.5 on CN's Albreda Subdivision).

I'm not sure where or how Mr Kuzminski got a hold of my photo, but I'm thankful that I only upload low-resolution copies (which are unsuitable for printing because of the drastic loss in quality, which is quite evident in the printed photo) to my password-protected Photobucket account. I suppose I'll have to start watermarking all of my photos to ensure such blatant thievery does not occur in the future.

I'm willing to bet that all the EXIF information is still intact too, which can be easily used to prove which camera took the photo (not to mention that I'm the only one with the full-resolution image) if there is any doubt.

It's unfortunate that the Fitzhugh has printed the photo, but I doubt that you had any idea the photo was not Mr Kuzminski's and were thus unaware of any copyright infringement. The real disappointment here is that Mr Kuzminski had the gall to pass off the photo as his own. I wonder how many people have made comments to him about the photo, and I wonder how many people he told the photo wasn't actually his own?

I sincerely hope you didn't pay Mr Kuzminski for the photo, since I would have given the Fitzhugh the full-sized image to print for free (since the Fitzhugh is distributed for free). All I'd have asked is that I be properly credited for the photo and retain copyright.


Brendan Frisina

Ken Kuzminski, the name credited on Brendan's photo, is the NDP candidate for Yellowhead. He is clearly concerned about rail safety as an issue. This does not give him the right to use Brendan's photo as his own to push this agenda.

The email, facebook note, and photo, incidentally, are reprinted with Brendan's full permission.

Update 11:24: The Fitzhugh replied to Brendan, stating:

"brendan: the error is mine, not Mr. Kuzminski's. He forwarded the image to the Fitzhugh and I passed it on without noticing the copyright line at the bottom of the picture. If you send an invoice, we'll pay you $50 for use and acknowledge the error in a correction. again, my apology for the error. jack danylchuk"

The photo was still submitted to the paper without permission, but the paper claims responsibility for cropping the copyright notice off and posting it as the submitter's.

Posted at 09:28 on July 14, 2008

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leftdog (buckdogpolitics.blogspot,.com) writes at Mon Jul 14 10:26:10 EDT 2008...

Exactly what does any of this have to with whether a person is a New Democrat, a Liberal, a Conservative, a Reformer, a Bloc Quebecois .... ? I am struggling to determine what the political significance is...

Perhaps the title could just have as easily told us if he is a Catholic, a Morman, a Pentecostal tongue speaker, etc.... ?

Liberals are becoming more and more desperate to find ANY reason to attack someone who is New Democrat.

Scott writes at Mon Jul 14 11:47:58 EDT 2008...

leftdog: You are right! The NDP need to be beaten out of existence.

leftdog (buckdogpolitics.blogspot.com/) writes at Mon Jul 14 11:56:23 EDT 2008...

Too bad you didn't have the same venom for Harper and the Conservatives. Liberals have kept them in power for the last two years by either voting with Harper or avoiding the House and letting Harper run roughshod over the nation.

Your true colours are showing Scott .... TORY BLUE!

(Liberal / Tory .... same old story!)

Scott writes at Mon Jul 14 12:07:16 EDT 2008...

Tory blue?! But I voted green last time...

leftdog writes at Mon Jul 14 12:12:29 EDT 2008...

The Green party is infected with a lot of 'blue' - that last Ontario provincial election proved that!

Scott writes at Mon Jul 14 12:22:12 EDT 2008...

Its too bad the Tories wont get "infected" with some green and get off of their asses and do something for the environment. The Liberals have done something wonderful with their Green Shift by bringing more attention to the problem. Lets hope things start moving on the Blue side instead of "Lets do something by 2050!"

David Graham (cdlu.net) writes at Mon Jul 14 12:42:26 EDT 2008...


It isn't about which party it is, it is about politicians living to a high standard, and being held to account when they don't live up to it.

The only thing that the last provincial election in Ontario proved is that people are too smart to vote NDP or MMP. That doesn't say anything about the Green party, which placed well ahead of the NDP in my riding.

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