Peter Lumpkins thinks he has rights.

Peter Lumpkins attempted to address his use of a copyrighted image as “fair use”. Peter himself claims copyright on his own written material at his blogs.

All written materials on this site are protected by copyright and cannot be used in any fashion without written consent from SBC Tomorrow.  Exceptions are limited to “fair use” copyright law for reviews and direct quotes.

There’s a direct quote for you Peter. šŸ˜‰

The problem is that what Lumpkins did was does not fall under fair use. Here’s Lumpkin’s attempt:

Here is the original:

I made this image a few years back for A&O, I did not distribute this image for personal use. This is used as the Podcast graphic when you download a podcast from A&O.

Mr. Lumpkins has attempted to address my claim by editing his original duplication and “puzzle” filtering of this image by further editing it. However, this isn’t sufficient to nullify my (and A&O’s) original copyright on the image. The problem lies in the fact that merely changing a work doesn’t satisfy copyright claims.

If Mr. Lumpkins would bother to go to http://www.copyright.gov he’d find the following:

How much do I have to change in order to claim copyright in someone else’s work?
Only the owner of copyright in a work has the right to prepare, or to authorize someone else to create, a new version of that work. Accordingly, you cannot claim copyright to another’s work, no matter how much you change it, unless you have the owner’s consent.

 So, sorry, Mr. Lumpkins, you’re still in violation of the law.


Because of my asking him to remove the image, twice, on his blog he has closed comments on the threads and is “going to rethink commenting on SBC Tomorrow in the future“. Good for you Mr. Lumpkins! Rather than address the legal concerns of fellow believers honestly and openly, you’d rather create a static blog (like your James White themed one where you continue to violate copyright law) where you can pontificate.  Here’s a tip Peter, turn on comment moderation up front and let your readers know it is on. It’s good policy.

Finally, there’s that little issue of Dr. White’s video that you hacked into a quick lie. And while you claim that James White presently is neither a sufficient biblical role model nor a suitable candidate to teach in any Southern Baptist institution in the future”, it seems all you have done so far is to cast doubt on your own objectivity in this matter. First you lie about Dr. White’s video and now you stubbornly refuse to obey the law of the land per Rom. 13. Seriously, do you think this is the behavior of a believer?

UPDATE
Peter has since stopped using the graphic and is now using a media bio image for Dr. White. 

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