Be Careful When Using Another’s Photo Or Image

A Seattle Times newspaper article alleges Fox News inappropriately used a photo from a Times article posted last week about a controversy over women-only hours at a public pool. The Seattle area women requested female-only pool times. Fox allegedly aired a story about a swimming pool in another state that had set aside hours for Muslim women. Fox supposedly used the Seattle Times photo taken at the Seattle area pool in a story about the “growing influence of Sharia law in the U.S.”

Using someone else’s photos or other images is a risky proposition. Many people are under the misimpression that if a photo or other artwork is posted on the internet, they are free to use it for any purpose. The Fair Use Doctrine allows for limited and reasonable uses of another’s copyrighted work. Fair Use does not mean free use. The safe approach is first getting proper permission before using someone else’s image or photo.

By Robert Hawkinson

Olympic College & Western Washington University announce an expanded partnership at the OC-Poulsbo Campus.


Olympic College and Western Washington University announce an expanded partnership at the OC-Poulsbo Campus. North Kitsap Herald

This is great for the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. It is little known that there are lots of unfilled jobs available because employers can’t find qualified people. Local access to more four-year degrees will be a game changer, allowing many people like single mothers, parents with children and those who can’t afford to go to distant colleges or universities the opportunity for a good education and better job. This expansion complements the already successful Olympic College partnership with Washington State University in mechanical engineering at the OC-Bremerton campus.

Our Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club was at the forefront of making the OC-Campus a reality twenty years ago. North Kitsap Herald

Our Non-Traditional Law Office – Better Service and Fees

Our law office has moved on from attorney and staff working in a fixed location open all day. The old model requires extra staff to ensure someone is on site at all times and paying rental on the additional space. This extra cost is passed on to clients. My light bulb moment came just before Christmas 2010 – my office is really wherever I am at the moment!

A frustrated client called my cell phone while I was shopping at the mall. It was the last day for him to sign very important real estate closing documents. The lender’s documents had a handful of revisions the client had never seen before. He was not comfortable signing without legal advice. The closing agent e-mailed me the changed pages, which I read on my smartphone. Accessing the original documents negotiated with the lender on my sphone, I compared the changes to the originals and called my client back within 20 minutes. I told him to go ahead and sign as the changes were not substantive. The client was ecstatic.

We still maintain a smaller physical office where we meet clients, but we are not there 100% of the time. We do our work in many locations, including our office, shopping malls, on ferries, at clients’ homes and businesses, coffee shops, senior living centers and court. We have combined a physical location with a virtual office. This has greatly improved service to our clients. It also has cut down our overhead, which helps keeps our fees reasonable.

Do you want or need a traditional law office so you can walk in at any time, or do you want better service and accessibility, faster responses and more reasonable fees?

By Robert Hawkinson