Reader follows up on Millennium Park copyright

The Chicago Reader’s Ben Joravsky has followed up on the Millennium Park copyright/photographer hassling story (which got some web-wide attention this week thanks to BoingBoing).

Of course, the Reader doesn’t have their content online, so I can’t link you to the full-text of this well-written article about a complex subject, but to summarize: There are two separate issues — 1) the city was requiring shooting permits in general on the theory that professional photographers would be in the way of regular folks and 2) the city is concerned about possible merchandizing of professional photographs because the city has an exclusive contract with the different artists for the explotation of their artworks — which are being conflated by under-educated* security guards on-site.


I’ve scanned in the Reader article:
Chicago Reader, Feb 11, 2005 - Pg 8 | Chicago Reader, Feb 11, 2005 - Pg 9

New (Sub)urbanism has Ben’s original article.

BoingBoing’s response to Gapers Block’s summary of Ben’s followup article.

5 Comments so far

  1. Urbanist (unregistered) on February 14th, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    Just an alert: your Trackbacking doesn’t seem to be functioning. We’re linking to this post from the New (sub)Urbanism.

  2. thanks but not that much (unregistered) on February 17th, 2005 @ 8:32 am

    Thanks, but saying you scanned in the Reader article is WAY too optimistic

    Can’t even read that shit it’s so small.

  3. Fuzzy (unregistered) on February 17th, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    Click on the teensy images to go to the Flickr pages. Click on “View different sizes”. Choose “Original 1024×856”. Should be pretty readable. I’ll update the links to go straight to the bigger size.

  4. gracias (unregistered) on February 18th, 2005 @ 4:17 pm


    I probably missed the link the first time because I don’t like to go to sites that require registration.

    Now it goes to the registration page first- yuck- but I “borrowed” some registration info and the big images were right there.


  5. Fuzzy (unregistered) on February 18th, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

    Oh poop — I forget that Flickr requires registration because I’m auto-logged in on my machine. I hate that, too. I’ll do it differently the next time I need to link to some scanned-in article or something.

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