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Podtech, please pay Lan Bui

Hey Podtech - this is pretty cut-and-dry. You used Lan Bui's photograph in a promotional contest without his permission. He sent you an invoice but you aren't responding. Do the right thing.

Steve Woolf has more. Rick Rey has more.

June 18, 2007 at 02:24 AM in Copyright | Permalink


It's not cut and dry. You're only hearing one side of it and I can't go more into it yet online.

Posted by: Robert Scoble at Jun 18, 2007 1:34:04 PM

How can it NOT be cut and dry? I don't get it. Maybe I iz simpl.

Posted by: missb at Jun 18, 2007 6:08:43 PM

I agree. How can it not be cut and dry? Is PodTech trying to contend it wasn't for commercial purposes? OK. I don't buy that, but OK. But what about the CC ATTRIBUTION license is PodTech pretending not to understand? What about IGNORING a human being after he has contacted them in good faith? I don't need to hear PodTech's side of the story on those two issues in order to smell the bullshit.

Posted by: cheryl at Jun 18, 2007 6:21:56 PM

I don't necessarily trust Podtech over Lan Bui, but I do trust Scoble if he says it's more complicated.

A couple of scenarios: Did Lan verbally agree to the usage in some context? Is he asking for more $$ than Podtech expected?

Dunno. Seems alike a few hundres bucks should resolve the whole thing but will wait to hear more, and look forward to some amicable resolution.

Posted by: chuck at Jun 18, 2007 10:33:08 PM

Yeah, my feedback is that they can negotiate all they want if they are talking, but they are either in communication with Lan or they aren't. I don't know what's complicated about that. If Lan says they weren't returning his emails, that's pretty straightforward.

Posted by: Steve Woolf at Jun 19, 2007 1:07:40 AM

I would've expected Lan to hear something from PodTech pretty quickly after all this negative attention.

Posted by: chuck at Jun 19, 2007 2:02:59 AM

Chuck, Thank you for blogging this.

Posted by: Lan Bui at Jun 19, 2007 11:50:52 AM

Lan has my cell phone number. He can call it anytime. So can any of you. It's on my blog. 425-205-1921. I don't remember ever getting a call from Lan.

Posted by: Robert Scoble at Jun 19, 2007 1:04:40 PM

Thanks Robert. I think you will get that call!

Posted by: chuck at Jun 19, 2007 3:17:39 PM

Robert, I never thought it was your responsibility to take a call from me. I must notw that I did email you and you did respond to me initially, but after that you had no obligation to follow up, others had the obligation.

Posted by: Lan Bui at Jun 19, 2007 7:24:31 PM

This post is now the fourth result on google when you search for podtech and lan.

Posted by: Steve Rhodes at Jun 20, 2007 1:59:09 PM