Rankled cartoonist says National Intelligence chief used altered image without OK
(Image reprinted courtesy of Daryl Cagle)
It was intended as a "feel-good" news story, light-hearted -- what many ink-stained newsfolk, in trade parlance, call a "bright."
Except political cartoonist Daryl Cagle didn't feel too good or brightly upbeat about one aspect of the story: He says he saw that his own work was being altered without his permission or consent.
On Aug. 21, my Post colleague Ellen Nakashima wrote that retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper, in "a PowerPoint briefing of senior staff last week," used cartoons in his content to inject laughs into his presentation. The headline said, "New intelligence chief Clapper brings sense of humor to serious job," and among the images were cartoons by Cagle and Post legend Herblock that had been re-labeled for purposes of the presentation. Clapper was into his second week as the new director of national intelligence.
Cagle, in response, wrote on his blog this week: "What happened to the Obama Administration's professed respect for copyrights? There is little more offensive to an editorial cartoonist than to have his cartoon stolen and altered to make a different point."
Cagle, who is also a cartoon syndicator, tells Comic Riffs: "We sell our cartoons for use in PowerPoint presentations, like this one, and other government agencies have purchased the cartoons in the past, including the FBI. If any client had sought to purchase a cartoon for this kind of usage, we would have refused, because we don't allow clients to alter cartoons to have a different meaning than what the cartoonist intended."
As of press time, the director's national intelligence office said it did not yet have a comment regarding the matter.
As for comments replying to Cagle's blog entry, cartoonist Rina Piccolo wrote of Clapper: "I think you should send him a big fat bill."
| August 25, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories: The Political Cartoon | Tags: Daryl Cagle, Lt. Gen. James Clapper
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