Michael's Dispatches

Michael Moore’s Crime

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Many readers have complained that Michael Moore, in the conduct of his latest crusade against whatever he is against this month, has illegally used one of my photos on the banner of his website. Mr. Moore is not the first to have done so, and my readers can get pretty upset when it happens.

 

My lawyer has demanded that Mr. Moore take it down.

 

I usually freely grant use of my work to truthful, peaceful, non-commercial, non-political outlets. For instance, a church group wanted to use one of my photos for their congregation. I was honored and gave it to them freely. On another occasion, a peaceful, non-profit Islamic organization wanted to use the same photo that Michael Moore has infringed upon (Major Mark Bieger cradling a little girl named Farah), and I was honored to contribute to their peaceful cause. I’ve seen grandmothers use my work in technically illegal ways, but since they’re not a big company, they probably have no idea about copyright, and usually use the work in tasteful, appropriate ways, I just smile and say “Go ahead, Ma’am.”

 

But frequently, big companies and individuals who are knowledgeable of copyright laws filch my work and use it in ways that many readers consider partisan, highly political or incendiary. When this happens, I usually go after the infringer, and so do my readers.

 

Now here’s Michael Moore, the latest infringer, using my work for his own crude political purposes. I recall some years ago watching one of his movies in Paris, and thinking how sad it was that an American would make propaganda so flagrant that it seemed pornographic. It was sad but at the same time uplifting, because Mr. Moore was able to exercise his right to free speech, rights that should never be infringed upon.

 

Mr. Moore is influential, rich, and could likely intimidate most photographers. But I ask my readers to please leave him be. Attacking him likely will be counterproductive. I know how to fight, and though I would fight for Mr. Moore’s right to free expression, I will fight against him if he steals my work and uses it in an inflammatory fashion.

 

It’s got nothing to do with the fact that Michael Moore is anti-war (he’s not just against the Iraq War, but he was also against the war in Afghanistan). I respect Moore’s opposition to the Iraq War; I might even agree with him on some particulars. But I object to the tone of many of his arguments, especially the manner in which he uses my work to further his causes. As I said above, sometimes it seems pornographic. That’s a strong word, so I’ll explain.

 

Justice Potter Stewart once defined pornography by saying, “I know it when I see it.” Pornography and propaganda are closely related, as they are both cynical attempts at manipulation, rooted in a lack of respect for humanity. War Porn is one of the more disturbing developments in the new media, as people on both sides of the Iraq War get their kicks watching video images of death and destruction as long as it’s their opponents who get killed. Whether it’s an Al Qaeda cell-phone video of an IED attack or the grisly footage of a Coalition air strike, War Porn is degrading and incendiary. Of course, some footage is newsworthy and informative and the public deserves to see it. There is also great value to soldiers in watching footage for training purposes and to better understand battlefields and weapons. But at some point, especially when the material is used to make political points, images of combat can cross the line into pornography. People die in war, but we must never forget that each casualty is a human being, even people as deserving of death as Al Qaeda. Denying our opponents’ humanity, we lose a little of our own.

 

When someone’s grandmother disseminates the photo of Major Beiger cradling a dying girl in his arms, I allow the usage because I feel she is trying to share the human tragedy. When Michael Moore puts that same photo on his web site, alongside images of George Bush, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, the clear implication is that Farah’s death is their fault. That is a misrepresentation of the facts on the ground, as well as the story of the photo. Farah was killed by a suicide car bomb in Mosul on May 2, 2005. Major Bieger and other soldiers literally risked their own lives to save many children and adults that day, but Farah didn’t make it. Michael Moore apparently does not understand or refuses to acknowledge the moral distinction between a man who would murder innocent people, and a man who would sacrifice himself to save them. The photo, as I took it, is the truth, but Moore uses it illegally to convey falsehoods. His mind is that of a political propagandist who sees Farah’s death not as a human tragedy, but a tool.

 

A photograph can be a signal event in a war. Think of the flag raising at Iwo Jima, the naked Vietnamese girl fleeing her napalmed village, prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. These photos were not just important journalistically, but also strategically each one literally shifted the course of a war. Photographs can be immensely powerful because they are single images, deep with meaning, able to resonate with disparate audiences, straight through language barriers, at an emotional, even visceral, level. A picture can tell a thousand words in a thousand languages, but placed in the wrong context, a photograph can be turned into propaganda, and the truth becomes a lie.

 

We need to know the truth about the wars we are currently fighting. That’s why I went to Iraq in the first place. Sometimes the difference between War Porn and the truth can be subtle, ambiguous, even subjective. But I know it when I see it. And if Michael Moore learned to respect not just my work, but other aspects of the truth, not to mention respecting his audience’s intelligence, he would better serve his own cause.

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    hoffman · 10 years ago
    Mr. Yon,
    I am thoroughly disgusted with that man and absolutely sick to my stomach that he would do that.
    As a side note, I thoroughly enjoy your posting, it has been an eye opener to me and I greatly appreciate all your efforts, as well as those of our men. I consider it to be an honor to be an American, and a Navy brat at that, our hearts and prayers are with our troops.
    God bless.
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    crosspatch · 10 years ago
    That this man would stoop to stealing someone else's property for their own profit speaks volumes. He need some lessons in common decency if you ask me.
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    Goat · 10 years ago
    Mike. thanks for the awesome and dangerous work you have done to bring the war into perspective for us many loyal readers. I have linked to most of your dispatches from the war zone and read all of them but I would never steal one of your incredible pictures without direct permission even though I have wanted to, the one mentioned and the cross raising being two that come to mind. You deserve several Pulitzers for your work and have become the modern day Ernie Pyle.
    I seriously disagree with Moore and hope you nail him for the use of your work and I admire your stance on free speech, he can yelp all he wants but he does not have the right to steal your pictures.
    Keep up the awesome work and may the good Lord keep an eye on your back!
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    Noocyte · 10 years ago
    Yes, another pun on Moore's name.

    Still, hardly more dignified treatment appears fitting for someone who is tantamount to the Leni Riefenstahl of our age (minus the redemptively masterful aesthetics). One of the things which has struck me most about your work has been its willingness to not shrink from the forthright reporting of competing narratives. You give due weight to all aspects of a story, even those which could be seen as undermining your central premises. You frequently raise more questions than you spoon-feed answers. This rare quality of honesty is something which is absent (note lack of qualifiers) from Moore's work. He never strays from message...even when messy facts get in the way.

    For him to appropriate any if your images --but most especially one which is so laden with grief and courage and hope-- is an abomination of the lowest order. I understand and respect your wanting to take the high road, but I do wish your lawyers could find some way for that shambling mass of misappropriated protoplasm to pay a higher price than mere, unmarked removal of your photograph...and, in the process, allow still more people to come to know the real story of Farah's tragic death, and the valor and heartbreak of her would-be rescuers.

    Godsspeed, Michael.
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    Shane Corcoran · 10 years ago
    We won't go nuts on him via e-mail on account of your request, but I find it difficult not to light into his stupid arse.

    On a side note, I let several of my buddies (we're all in the Army) borrow Moment of Truth to read, and they all returned it after a day or two and told me they were going to buy their own copies.
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    Dan Kauffman · 10 years ago
    Must be doing good, I was inspired by your above post and decided to order it, I was thinking about ordering some as gifts, But since I got an

    Out of stock will charge your credit card and ship when it becomes available" message I will wait to order my brothers and fathers copies after I get mine ;-)
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    iron chef · 10 years ago
    You're a class act, sir.

    That is all.
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    GM Cassel AMH1AW USN · 10 years ago
    I agree with you wholeheartedly. Moore and his like will tailor everything to suit whatever it is they are trying to get across.
    The part that gets to me is, I gave this Nation 20 years of service. No personal decorations or letters of commendation, just showed up every day. I enlisted during that other war Moore was probably against, Vietnam. Truthfully,it was to get out of my home town. But it turned into something more than that.
    Keep up the outstanding work.
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    Bridget · 10 years ago
    Thank You
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    Stacey Parr · 10 years ago
    Mr. Yon,
    Your intelligent, measured response to that overblown windbag is an excellent example of why everyone should be reading your work on the Iraq war. Unlike most observers and arm-chair generals on both sides of the ideological divide, you bring a sorely needed clear-eyed perspective to a terribly complex and confounded event. I am proud to say I was a VERY early purchaser of your book. I recommend it to many, and it is my husband's father's day present this year. Keep up the good work, and may God keep you and our brave fighting men and women safe from harm.
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    Cricket T. · 10 years ago
    Stealing a Truth and making it pornographic makes Moore the worst of a liar and a thief. He is a hijacker - a kidnapper of truth - if you will; and much of what he does in the name of Free Speech, could surely rank as a 'hate-crime'.

    By Moral Mathematics, he WILL pay. But it would be a favor to him, if you push for payment' now; rather than have him 'past due' at some future and what well could be, an inconvenient time. (And seeing Justice served; is a rewarding lesson for all.. . .)

    Thank you, Mr. Yon, for 'Moment of Truth'. Thought originally; that I was not quite ready to face, at this time, the truths you bring; but am ordering your book today.
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    Jennifer · 10 years ago
    Thank you Mr.Yon for your work. I know you are up to this fight.
    Moment of Truth is an outstanding book that I will not let anyone borrow. I let people look at my copy (signed in Mosul) and them tell them to buy their own. I was blown away by the honesty. You have a way with pictures, both with your camera and formed with your words.
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    Daisy · 10 years ago
    What a difference being a committed gentleman makes. You powerfully honor our troops; our country and the best of humanity with your civilized stance. Your honesty and compassion and bravery are the real deal.

    Mr. Moore, on the other hand, can only posture as a "people's hero" in an attempt to hide his treacherous cowardice. To put it mildly, he is not a man of high degree.
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    Barney Rubble · 10 years ago
    Michael Moore is a Canadian, not an American, of which I am glad.
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    Josh · 10 years ago
    Unfortunately, Barney, Michael Moore is in fact an American -- born and raised in Davison, Michigan.
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    sinanju · 10 years ago
    Very well said sir, I admire your policy on unauthorized use of your images. I promise to buy your long-awaited book and am very glad that you have managed to survive so long in your chosen profession without either getting killed or burning out. The point is that Moore and his staffers are no amateurs and know the rules of the game. I guess he just assumes he can out-lawyer you if you dare to challenge him. Go get him, tiger.

    Apropos of your other points, I'll admit to watching those YouTube AC-130 clips and now feel properly ashamed. I swear if I ever do it again, I'll dig out my roadstand souvenir Ashura flail and give myself a proper going over. But, to inject a little levity, I would like to remind you of the famous "Osama and Evil Bert" image that found its way onto a demonstrator's homemade collage sign memorably photographed at an islamist demonstration in Dhaka, Bangaladesh a few years ago...
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    Bob G · 10 years ago
    I know that Michael Moore would fight you tooth and nail to avoid paying any penalty for stealing your image. He believes in free speech not necessarily truth in speech. He believes in facts, unless they get in the way of the cause that he is trumpeting. He thinks himself a crusader of just causes but would steal if it suited his desires. You are a class act Michael Yon, I am going to heed your wishes and not take any action on my part against Mr. Moore. I would only hope that for his theft, he should help finance your work of bringing out the truth.
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    sinanju · 10 years ago
    The point is for us not to play into his hands. Moore would love to be able to wave copies of death threats he's received from us unwashed warmongers.

    Although he probably gets far more death threats for supporting Obama over Hillary.
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    Paul B · 10 years ago
    "When Michael Moore puts that same photo on his web site, alongside images of George Bush, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, the clear implication is that Farahƒ??s death is their fault. That is a misrepresentation of the facts on the ground, as well as the story of the photo. Farah was killed by a suicide car bomb in Mosul on May 2, 2005. Major Bieger and other soldiers literally risked their own lives to save many children and adults that day, but Farah didnƒ??t make it. Michael Moore apparently does not understand ƒ?? or refuses to acknowledge ƒ?? the moral distinction between a man who would murder innocent people, and a man who would sacrifice himself to save them."

    I understand your point and agree that the soldier is a hero while Farah's killers are filth. I think Moore is using the photo for a larger point that is just as true - there wouldn't be suicide car bomb's in Mosul if the U.S. hadn't invaded.
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    MikeT · 10 years ago
    "I understand your point and agree that the soldier is a hero while Farah's killers are filth. I think Moore is using the photo for a larger point that is just as true - there wouldn't be suicide car bomb's in Mosul if the U.S. hadn't invaded."

    And how far back should one stand to get the even larger points, Paul? There wouldn't have been suicide bombers in Mosul if Saddam Hussein had not invaded Kuwait, defied the truce, instigated terrorist attacks, etc., etc.

    But it is clear to any reasonable mind that there would not have been a suicide bombing if the suicide bomber had not decided to kill hundreds of innocents. That is the true proximate cause of the bombing aftermath depicted by Mr. Yon's photo. Your eagerness to excuse the inexcusable is highly regrettable and highly counter-productive.
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    Nicky Boy · 10 years ago
    You can't just say that Moore's work is propaganda. You have to prove it. Please provide an example of his work that fits the definition. Propaganda sold this war, so it's not like any of us don't know what it is. I don't agree with everything the man says, but simply calling him names doesn't raise the level of debate any.

    You can slice it and dice it any way you want. But we have no business being in Iraq (neither does it makes sense to bomb a nation (Afghanistan) in an attempt to kill one man we assumed was there....a man who was in charge of a bunch of SAUDI terrorists)

    If we hadn't went in there, that dead child in your image would more than likely be alive today. That's simple truth.

    I support the troops more than anyone. I want them to come home. I truly respect the work you're doing, but if Moore is a propagandist, it would not be hard for him to fling the same accusation at you.
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    Elvis · 10 years ago
    Par for the course for Michael Moore. Everybody else's stuff is supposed to be free and for the public welfare-- and of course it''ll be available in perpetual supply regardless of the incentive structure. I saw him on Larry King a few week's ago and he tried to make the pitch for free HBO for everyone and to get Larry King to agree to it since the parent corporation of CNN is the parent corporation of HBO.

    Hey Mike, try talking Harvey Weinstein into getting ZERO income after he releases your next movie! As Tyler Durden would say, "Free to all..."

    The resulting shouts from Big Harv will blow 50 pounds off you!
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    Joanie · 10 years ago
    I'm not going to argue with those who are going to find a way (no matter how illogical) to support Moore's reasoning. That's foolish. The simple fact here is that he grabbed Michael Yon's photo and used it without permission. That is wrong and he can't talk his way out of it. He needs to cease using it. It is up to Michael Yon to grant permission for use of his images to whomever he chooses. If a request comes in for usage and he does not agree with the purpose, he has every right to decline the request. Since Moore didn't even bother to ask, it makes the offense that much more egregious.

    As a photographer, I often grant use of my work for websites or promotional materials. All I ask, in most cases, is for proper credit. If credit isn't going to be attributed, the price of that image (or images) goes up. Occasionally, I have people who decide not to fulfill their part of the agreement and I make sure they understand the terms of the contract they signed. For those who take my work without permission, once I am aware of it, it is up to me to determine whether or not it's within my level of comfort for them to use the images. If it is, I simply write them and thank them for finding my work inspiring enough to include on their site or sometimes ask what it was about the image that appealed to them. Surprisingly, they often add a photo credit to the site and thank me for being so understanding. For the instances where my work is co-opted for purposes other than I intend them, I ask them to remove the image and cite copyright infringement. I have yet to find anyone who fights me on this. Of course, I'm not dealing with Moore or anyone else like him.

    Forget the politics involved where Moore is concerned and recognize that Michael Yon's work was taken and used without consent. No matter what the intent, he has every right to demand the image be removed.
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    Mark Behnke · 10 years ago
    Michael Yon,
    In your third to last paragraph I think you are arguing that it was the carbombers who killed Farah and not Dubya. To illustrate your point better you might want to mention the particulars of the attack, namely the fact that the bomber attacked *through* the children when he did not have to. HE made the decision to kill the children, including Farah.

    I think that detail would be very helpful in strengthening the point that you are making.

    It would also make Lumpy Riefenstahl look like even more of an ass than he is. (Sorry, just hate that guy.)
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    Solo · 10 years ago
    M. Moore simply does not care what he uses to manipulate anything to further his own agenda, and wealth. It's what he does, manipulate.
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    ZAP · 10 years ago
    Michael, please check with your attorney about a couple of things.
    1- does admitting that you have let people use this image for free, devalue your legal entitlement in an infringement situation
    2- Should you really be admitting publicly, what images you have allowed people to use, and for how much? (especially the very same image for FREE!?!?!?)
    3- You may want to rethink your logic, or at least the perception you have put out there about this publicly. That being, I not only loathe the scumbag that stole my work, but I primarily want to make an example of him, as the result of him standing for everything I am opposed to- That's how it could come across, and while tons of us dislike Jabba the Hut for various reasons, some valid, and some even more so....... You should probably remove your personal feelings about him from this, and treat it as strictly a business decision. It's simple..... He's got deep pockets, and broke the LAW... end of story... If you choose to settle with them for less, please don't make it public.

    I follow your work, and hold most (if not all that I have seen) in very high regard. I think you should really be careful about the above...... Being a photographer myself, and having a bit of experience going up against some of the big boys for the very same stuff. Sending an invoice for the infringement, less than what the federal law can provide, is another no no. Just make sure to treat these kinds of people as terrorists.... Dot you I's and cross your T's, and always make sure to CYA!!!!!!!!!!

    Go get 'em... and for everyone else reading this...... This kind of an issue is so frustrating as a photographer. Things of this nature are sooo complicated, and happen soo often, that the courts usually throw the book at offenders, because they only catch maybe 1/1000 of the violators. I just hope you registered the image. Can someone say "Bonus!"
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    poopie · 10 years ago
    I have read most of your dispatches from the beginning and appreciate what you are doing reporting to us about what's up in the war zone. I was against this "invasion" from day one as I believe that it was based on lies and political opportunities for big money contractors. That our servicemen and women have fought and died without proper equipment and benefits speaks volumes about the priorities of our formerly great country.

    When the majority of the people of America say that they think the war is a big mistake gone terribly wrong, it is a pivotal moment for us a country to stand up and say no more. But, of course, we don't have a say in those types of things. Only Congress does.
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    JB · 10 years ago
    The first time I saw that picture I knew it would be associated with the American Soldier and the war in Iraq that our troops have great compassion.
    At the time I wrote you to say that picture would touch many hearts,it did !

    It's not worth talking about Michael Moore. Protect your picture ! Do what you must .

    Will always remember Duece4

    God Bless
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    Greywolfy · 10 years ago
    I'm ashamed to share the same state with that man. If he ever walked into my business while I was there, I'd kick his rear end out.

    Mr. Yon, make his life as miserable as you can.
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    rock4229 · 10 years ago
    Speaking from the perspective of someone who supports BOTH Mr. Moore and you it is my guess that Mr. Moore had no personal part in using your amazing photo. In fact, he probably had his project delegated to someone who was required to authenticate any photos used but somehow didn't with your work.

    I speak (I hope and believe) for Mr. Moore in apologizing for not getting the permissions necessary.
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    Jen Betham-Lang · 10 years ago
    Mike, your explanation was so well put. You define so well what is and isn't misuse of a photo and its message. Your work is noble, and we, as your readers, all know this. I agree with you and support you wholeheartedly. If Moore must use your photo, illegally as it is, at least we can say that it is a compliment to your skill as a photographic artist--that even he thought it so powerful a tool that he chose to use it, howbeit to his ignoble purposes, sadly. Your work is beyond art--it is outright powerful, and even Moore couldn't resist it.
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    vanessa · 10 years ago
    He took that pic and put it on his site hoping that the ensuing firefight from it would be as loud or louder than that from that mag rag Shock?

    This was calculated and I hope he has to pay you big bucks cause of it.
    Hope your lawyer has a vice grip for a jaw and does not let go until they get your pound of flesh.

    Moore is pathetic.
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    Melody · 10 years ago
    Another fine example that you can't believe everything you read and how easily psyche can be mislead. I can only pray that those that are blessed with the energy and integrity such as Yon which are few and far between will continue delivering insight to us all.
    Respectfully Yours,
    Melody
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    Adam · 10 years ago
    Michael,
    Your maturity in this is...unbelievable and yet for you it is not. Your integrity in the mission you've taken on is beyond reproach. When I first saw this, it was incredibly upsetting, but the reason our country is so incredible is that we all have the freedom to express our ideas freely as shallow and useless as they may be. You continue to surprise me both as a journalist, a soldier, and a man. Bless you brother.
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    Robohobo · 10 years ago
    One of the ways to show displeasure for someone's work is...... not to buy it.

    I purchased two pre-orders of your book.

    I will never spend a penny on anything from Michael Mooron. EVER!

    I won't even click to his web site on the off chance he were to get a micro-payment from ad revenue.

    The Hobo
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    Darren · 10 years ago
    Disclaimer - I have no idea of the facts of this matter other than what you have given, but is it possible you are overreacting? I am guessing that Michael Moore is neither a web developer or graphic designer, and he hired someone who pirated your photo (and probably a bunch of other peoples' images too) in the development of this site.

    The sad fact is that this is the state of affairs on the web. Stealing people's content and images is so easy that many think it's ok, as if it was "just sitting there waiting to be used," sort of a "I found it on Goolge Image search so it's mine" attitude. I am in the wbe business and we have given up chasing and chastising the hacks who steal our content or images becauses it is easier than creating their own or paying for (sometimes at ridiculous prices, to be sure) the appropriate rights or license.

    I imagine Michael Moore is letting someone in his office, or at his web company, have it right now. Being in the business of "protecting people's rights," even if only for the sake of selling films, he probably doesn't want to steal your images. Just a guess because I have been on both ends of this kind of BS (people stealing from us, and discovering lazy employees who had passed off someone else's work as their own) and we really just need to educate people about IP rights, and enforce them, as you are doing. Thanks for shedding light on the issue. Maybe MM will make a movie about it.
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    Joseph Edgerton · 10 years ago
    Mr. Yon,
    Like many of your readers, I eagerly awaited "Moment of Truth in Iraq," and bought a copy ASAP. The value of your book cannot be overstated. I admire your integrity in asking your readers to leave Moore alone, however, I feel that were the situation reversed, he would never allow you the same courtesy. For those who haven't yet ordered a copy, I'd like to paraphrase a section:

    "Abu Ghraib widened the gulf between our military and the world media, not to mention that our forces are held to an incredibly high moral standard while the enemy is held to no standard. When the enemy sawed off a man's head on camera and posted the video online, it would be reported as our failure to protect civilians. Crimes against humanity committed by terrorists outside our control were blamed on the United States."

    Now I'm not calling anyone opposed to the war a terrorist, even though it infuriates me, because that's a right they enjoy. But those who oppose the war should assign blame where blame is due.

    Major Bieger did his duty, as you have done yours...has Michael Moore done the same?

    Please keep up the good work.
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    The dark north · 10 years ago
    My goodness.

    For living in the largest democracy in the world, you sure have zero tolerance for differentiating views on matters.

    (This mostly intended for the people commenting on this article.)
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    Malinda777 · 10 years ago
    I have long followed your truth. I originally stumbled across your blog quite by happenstance when I was searching for truth and real reporting of our war(s). I had long already made up my own mind as to my feelings and beliefs that our reasons for war were valid, and that victory through a defined end that will leave the region more stable was paramount; but until I read your stories, I never felt any validation through media.

    Finding your blog was like finding a book I could not put down. (I donƒ??t even read really) I read story after story (dispatch), and was amazed at your fair reporting and the reality I felt I was getting for my ƒ??reading dollarƒ?. I donated to your cause a small bit. I immediately mentioned you on my own blog to try to get folks to KNOW that there was TRUTH out there, SOMEONE was reporting it.

    Not only are you an amazingly objective writer, you are an amazing photographerƒ??or are you? YES you are, but itƒ??s the circumstances you are inƒ??itƒ??s the indescribable nature of what youƒ??ve witnessed without prejudice or a side to take that has given way to amazing photography. Good or not, when you are taking photos of reality, unbelievable images are bound to present themselves. As it was with the Iwo Jima photo, the person who snapped that shot was just ƒ??calling it like he saw itƒ?; he never knew that the image would redefine generations and their mental image of that day.

    I also want to commend you highly for reinforcing my belief that what you report from Iraq is truly a moment of truth. Your ability to bash Michael Moore to his knees while respecting his right to say his peace is something our nation has long forgotten. I agree with you 100%. ƒ??I might not believe in what you say or represent, but I will defend you with my life your right to say itƒ?. Nobody is denying Michael Moore that right. BUT, the simple fact that you asked him to remove your owned photo from his site and he would not says it all about Michael Moore. I guess he thought by ƒ??flippingƒ? the photo from left to right would make it different.

    You were almost 100% right in your story. The only slight error I see is that you thought Mr. Mooreƒ??s readers would be ƒ??smarterƒ? and would see the defecation on Farahƒ??s photo and her story. Unfortunately, anyone that actually READS Michael Mooreƒ??s web pages is NOT smart enough to see the forest through the trees. They are sadly misguided like him, but still they have every right to read or say what they wish as long as they arenƒ??t ƒ??stealing propsƒ? to make their point.

    Keep up the good work. Mooreƒ??s crime inspired my blog post tonight, (http://comejoinin.blogspot.com/2008/05/michael-moore-guilty-of-pornography.html). If you have ANY OBJECTION AT ALL to what I wrote, Iƒ??ll gladly remove it at your requestƒ??Iƒ??ll gladly remove any photos you donƒ??t approve of as well. THANK YOU for telling us all how it really is in the Middle East.
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    Waynester · 10 years ago
    To all those who argue , "yeah but if we hadn't gone in, blah blah blah": You should remember that Saddan Husseain was known to gouge the eyes out of the children from whose parents he wanted compliance. Not to mention feeding people feet first into chippers, or a pool of muriatic acid. But I guess that was all just fine and dandy, huh? Hypocrites.
    17 resolutions ignored or flaunted, playing card monte with inspectors, then kicking them out, acts of war against U.S. EVERY DAY, invading neighbors, funding terrorism. Man, if you idiots don't take the cake. I can just hear these people saying, (if there had been a Commander in Chief they didn't like), "why are we attacking Hitler? Japan attacked us, not Hitler"...what a bunch of maroons.
    Go get 'em Micheal (Yon, that is)
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    aloysius miller · 10 years ago
    I forgive and pity Mr. Moore. There is no doubt that his pathology is deep seated and uneradicable. But his mother and father are unforgiveable for creating such a monstrosity. They should be deeply ashamed of what they did to disturb the boy that has never become a man.
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    CA13 · 10 years ago
    You, sir, are an honorable gentleman. Would that there were more like you in the public eye.

    Godspeed.
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    Bob · 10 years ago
    keep up the good works in getting the truth out about this war, we won't ever get that from the Michael Moore's.
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    Moshik · 10 years ago
    at list we still have each other
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    paula · 10 years ago
    Mr. Yon, I stumbled upon you and your site late in the Media War over Iraq. I applaud you for your honest and unvarnished coverage of our efforts there. It does not surprise me in the least that the miserly Moore and those of his ilk would pilfer your hard gotten works and use them to their own twisted and warped purposes. Sadly, that miserable excuse of a man enjoys the freedoms that our brave men and women have laid down their lives for. He IS his worst nightmare....irrelevant.

    I would like to say that your photo of the Soldier and Child moved me to tears....as did the photo of the firefighter carrying the little girl after Oklahoma City.....Moments in time seared in our memories.
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    Ted Sbardella · 10 years ago
    You put it perfectly the idea about war porn and pornography in general and the way we are being manipulated by for lack of a better word "perverts". Thanks for making giving Farah death meaning and protecting her image, her memory. God is watching you, that is for sure....
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    Michelle · 10 years ago
    I was "there" when Farah's death occurred, in spirit, as a reader of your blog. I have been touched and amazed many times since, seeing that picture and knowing in real time the story behind it. I know exactly what you mean about war porn, thats a good term for it. For me, when people misuse that stunning picture of a precious little girls last moments, they take away from HER. I wish that they knew the story the way I do, the way you saw it unfold. I wish they respected Maj Bieger for his risk, his words to her as she died. But they dont want to know the story, and the picture suits their needs for blood and loss. Farah (and the soldiers who mourned her) deserves better, and I am glad to know you are on the job. Thank you for the truth, Michael, we need more people like you.
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    law student · 10 years ago
    It has no bearing on any potential copyright claim against Moore that Mr. Yon allows others to use his work free of charge--an artist has the right to choose whom to allow to use his work, whether paid or unpaid.
    Think about this in the context of a song--just b/c the artist allows it to be used once in a commercial doesn't mean that everyone else in the world can then use that same song without an issue.
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    woodNfish · 10 years ago
    Michael Moore is an unprincipled slimeball. I am nit surprised he would steal your photograph, Michael. I really don't understand why anyone even pays any attention to Moore at all.

    I have to disagree with you about our right to free speech; it's dead. It died when the first hate speech law was inacted and its corpse was stomped deeper into the ground with McCain-Feingold. The USA is a police state and personal freedom is a leftover fantasy from when it actually existed a long time ago.

    Sorry to be so negative, but the facts are the facts and that's just the way it is.
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    Arlene · 10 years ago
    Michael,
    The worst part of Moore's crime is the PARTICULAR picture he chose to use. That picture is very precious. It portrays the REAL heart of our military. How dare he even look at it?! You are absolutely right in that Mike Moore makes a mockery of this picture and he should be sued. When he has been properly sued, he should have a collective slap across the face.
    Stand your ground Michael Yon!
    We are behind you,
    Arlene

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