BuzzFeed removes post after Maria Popova complains

BuzzFeed has removed a post that Maria Popova said took images she had scanned and written about. Popova wrote that she’d “tracked down a surviving copy of Ralph Steadman’s fairly obscure 1995 illustrations for George Orwell’s Animal Farm” and wrote about the edition “with the appropriate background and context.”

Daniel Dalton included images from the book in a post on BuzzFeed, crediting the images to its publisher and leading Popova to call the publication “the vermin on of the internet – or, for a more context-appropriate metaphor, the pigs of the internet.”

Asked about the post, BuzzFeed spokesperson Catherine Bartosevich told Poynter, “Thanks for calling to our attention. We’ve removed the post.”

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  • NotRogerAiles

    Sorry, Maria, but I’m not buying your outrage. You ripped off Ralph Steadman’s 1995 artwork, which is still protected under Great Britain’s Copyright Act, posting the work on your site, along with a plea to readers to donate to you to support such theft.

    I’m sorry, but adding background and context doesn’t make it any less an act of theft.

    And you’re angry that BuzzFeed also ripped off Steadman’s artwork?

    And one must ask, why is Poynter shilling for this act? In other words, why does Andrew not point out that Maria doesn’t own the works either, and is just as guilty of a copyright violation as BuzzFeed?

  • jncc

    The odd thing is that they posted 21 images whereas Popova posted only 18 and they did not even post all of the same images she did.

    In other words, as much “work” went into creating Buzzfeed’s post as went into Popova’s. Both of them just scanned someone else’s work and put it up on the internet. It’s odd that Popova thought that she somehow deserved credit for that.