University of Wisconsin Green Bay Stole My Photo
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Published: April 16, 2013
UPDATE APRIL 18: Phil got back to me by email and said that the school's attorney is looking into the matter
The form letter has been removed. We have their attention.

UPDATE APRIL 18: This morning I was able to contact Phil Clampitt by phone.
He is investigating the matters and will have a reply to me by the weekend.

The Website has removed my photo but has left my name / credit up.
This morning I phoned Victoria Goff, but was only able to leave a message.
Tomorrow I will try to phone Phil Clampitt during his office hours.
No one has responded to my emails yet.
Also, edited to change "slander" to "libel". Sorry about that.
April17 by RobynRose

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EDIT: The article appears to be an Onion-style comedy fake report. It has nothing to do with me, but doesn't state so. Honestly, this is libelious because these are lies published next to my photo, implying that this is me. IT IS NOT ME. This is a fake article next to a stolen photo.

UPDATE: The author of this article is NOT someone named Jayce Briton. That is a pen name for Senior Communications Journalism student and Editor of the Off the Wall column, Dylan Dobson.
Dylan Dobson also has a LinkedIn profile, seeing as how he is trying to get into journalism as a field.
Dylan Dobson is supposedly an Honors Student. I'd like to see how Phillip G. Clampit, the chair of communication or Victoria Goff, the administrator of the school newspaper will feel about his honor student status after this.

  1. You did not ask to use my photo for your article.
  2. I did not give you permission to use my photo.
  3. You did not compensate me for this use of my property.
  4. You did not tell me if this was commercial use or not.
  5. You credited my name, but did not properly link to me.
  6. You did not notify me of such usage.
  7. I do NOT allow my stock to be used as clip-art. It is for art reference only.

My images are not licensed under Creative Commons, nor do they exist in the public domain.
Any download or use of my images is bound to the rules I have stated on my front page.


Phone: (920) 465-2718

Fax: (920) 465-2895

Here are some other people to contact:

Phillip G. Clampitt, Chair of Communication (Journalism falls under this)

Victoria Goff, Victoria Goff teaches journalism and advises the award-winning university newspaper, the Fourth Estate.

Waltz was placed in a barbiturate-induced coma after falling down two flights of stairs at her apartment in Schenectady, N.Y.

Waltz returned home from attending a "Lost" season three viewing party May 29, 2008. Upon entering her apartment and going to the bathroom to change out of her McCain-Palin campaign T-shirt, she noticed strange sounds coming from her bedroom. She entered the bedroom only to find her boyfriend engaged in a round of naked "Wii Fit" with the couple's next door apartment neighbor.

Waltz's family, who lives in Green Bay, had her transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

"I wanted to get her as far away from that man as possible," Josephine's mother, Marilynn Waltz, said. "He'd hurt her enough."

Waltz said she holds no ill will toward her ex-boyfriend for the incident.

My name is not Josephine Waltz.
I am not 30 years old.
I am not an English teacher.
I do not have / have not had a boyfriend as described here.
I have never been in a coma.
I am not a Republican.
I am not from New York.
I do not have family in Green Bay.

I never watched Lost.

These are falsehoods published in connection to my name and photo and implied to be me.
There is no statement Anywhere on the article or on the parent column "The Fourth Wall" saying that such an article is false and written for comedy purposes. There is no statement saying that use of my image is for illustrative purposes only and that I am in no way connected to the events described.
This is libel whether intentional or not. You cannot make up false statements and attach someone's face and name to the article (in this case, my internet handle Kxhara is much more well-known than my real name, and is almost more damaging because my reputation is based on that name) without implying or insinuating that that person did the things you stated. Especially with no visible disclaimer stating that events are fictional and false.

Dylan Dobson represents the institution that is his shool's newspaper and its journalism program.

The About page of the Fourth Estate states:

Fourth Estate is the award-winning student newspaper from UW-Green Bay. The mission of Fourth Estate is to provide the campus and the Green Bay community with professionally written stories, while educating students about proper journalism ethics, editing skills and written skills.

This entire situation is embarassing. To all parties. It embarasses me by making up lies and putting my face and name next to them. It embarasses Dylan Dobson because it shows, on his part, a flagrant disregard for basic copyright law and basic journalistic etiquette; the very things his newspaper tells us that it is founded on. And finally, it embarasses the entire school program by showing us that it is producing journalism students like Dylan Dobson.

I would be much more forgiving if this were a highschool newspaper or a first-year, first-semester college student. But this journalist is a senior honors student at a university. It is April, and he is about to graduate. Dylan Dobson is one step away from becoming a professional journalist. And that scares me. And it should scare you. A professional journalist should understand the importance of and respect copyright law. They should understand the difference between comedy and slander. They should take responsibility for mistakes. More importantly, they should make every effort to not make those mistakes in the first place by doing research, reading rules and asking clarifying questions. You know, journalism. If this were the real world, Dylan Dobson would be facing much harsher consequences than a very lenient $300 fine for copyright violation, libel and identity theft.

Because nothing bad ever happens from sloppy journalism.

I'd like to point to recent events involving the boston marathon bombings as an example of the potential damage my situation can do. Several false accusations were made, plastering the photos of innocent people on newspapers and circulating through forums like Reddit. Before the real suspects were identified, there were witch-hunts organized and the accused were terrified. Black and Middle Eastern people were harassed in the streets, and were threatened with violence. All because of bad reporting and newsmedia that jumped the gun. I'm not saying that my situation and this situation are the same thing. But I am saying that the practices are similar. (not asking the right questions, spreading a photo before sources are confirmed, linking an innocent person to a crime before any evidence is found) When reporters fail to follow journalistic standards, people can get seriously hurt from simple misinformation.
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MauricioKanno's avatar
MauricioKanno|Student Traditional Artist
This is really a shame... Sorry for you. I'm a journalist, and i know how much anti-journalism this is. The person who wrote this should be sued and suffer serious consequences in his university. I'm also angry because they take so long to answer to you and punish the guy (if they will)!
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Drawerofstuff|Student Traditional Artist
This is why I talk a lot. To make sure nothing is violated like a law or something.
This guy needs to learn to communicate.
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SlavicWolf's avatar
SlavicWolf|Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I use stock images form this site. Where I can read the usage rules. And since I sometimes post my homework here I can alert the stock owners.
It seems to me that your image was found using a google search and although your work is protected by copyright, there is the academic fair use exemption. Although that is US copyright law and not necessarily international law. I hope that what I have typed here makes you feel a little better.
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RobynRose's avatar
I've made contact with the university and am waiting for their reply before I publish a final response. I'll let you guys know how everything went.
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SlavicWolf's avatar
SlavicWolf|Hobbyist General Artist
Here's hoping that everything ends well.
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erisabesu-kuro-gosai|Student General Artist
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RobynRose's avatar
FAQ #96: Can I block people from my profile page?

"PLEASE NOTE: Using alternative accounts to contact people who have blocked you on another account is considered harassment and can result in all your deviantART accounts being suspended or permanently banned."
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TheDM1's avatar
Wait a minute.. are you saying Cypeo started a new account specifically to leave annoying comments on your profile? Could be wrong maybe I'm misunderstanding and it's not her but (scratches head in puzzlement).. whoever it is, why create a new account (or resort to an alternative account) to continue to argue with someone? It just seems like a waste of time and energy, like the person in question has too much time on their hands.. sorry I know that seems like a pretty harsh judgement but ... it just seems like a really ODD thing to do. And yes I'm afraid this comment is directed at whoever is using the alternative account.

Far as the Cypeo comment .. I dunno man I don't see any whining here personally, just Kxhara alerting people to the situation and asking for help... an emotional outpouring about how it had "ruined her day" for example followed by how miserable it makes her feel could be construed as whining (though even in that situation I'd say she's entitled - it's HER page as she said and if she decided she wanted to post something like that I'm not going to judge her for doing so) ... but I see none of that in her journal entry above, just a statement of the facts... sorry dude , I see no whining here.
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RobynRose's avatar
It's ok. It's been resolved. I blocked both accounts, and DA has let her know that using alternate accounts to circumnavigate a block is against policy. I hold no ill will towards them as long as they respect my wishes.
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Cypeo|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wahh.
It seems that all you do nowadays is complain about how everyone's stealing from you.
There's a difference between alerting others and asking for help, and whining.
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RobynRose's avatar
Then why comment here? If you don't like the fact that I'm upset that people are repeatedly stealing my work for profit, and in this instance, causing me embarassment because of libel, unfollow me, block me, do whatever you need to do to not recieve notifications. But don't tell me to not be upset about what I feel wronged by. You don't dictate my reactions to things that affect me.
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1) Again, you don't get to dictate my feelings or my reaction to events.
If you don't like my stock, don't use it.
If you don't understand my rules, don't use my stock.
Part of the reason I have to constantly amend my rules and add "whiny crap" is because people can't seem to read and follow my rules. I still have the right to enforce them whether you like it or not. And I will.

2) "And I can comment here for the same reason you can vent to a world of mindless followers to see your point, as you would see them."

You don't have free speech on my page. If you feel I am being too whiney, you can unfollow, block and ignore me. And if you can't make that descision for yourself, I will make it for you. You are now blocked and forbidden from using my stock. My personal page is not a democracy, and it never was. If you wish to complain about me and my reactions to theft, do it on your own page, not mine.
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cherry-taste|Professional General Artist
whoa o.o
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TheDM1's avatar
Any more updates ? Last one was April 18th... though for all we know the U of W has put the whole thing into "limbo" and is just sitting on it as large slow bureaucratic organizations tend to do :P .. hopefully not though !
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I recieved an email and phonecall from Victoria Goff, which addressed some, but not all of my concerns, and I will withhold my final statement until I can get a response.
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Zhon890|Student Digital Artist
If this happened at my university, the student in question would be academically suspended... Such a stupid mistake and so lazy of them to not even just simply ask and do it right.
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AmethystSadachbia|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WTF??! Isn't that what is for!? Maybe he just didn't want to pay and thought "Oh, deviantART is free. Hurp de durp de durp." What a douchecanoe!!
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Kironaoftheskies|Student Photographer
Ohhhh wow. I graduated from UWGB, and there was always a lot of confusion with that column because they never, ever made it clear anywhere that it was meant to be comedy and was under no circumstances to be taken seriously. A lot of weird rumors got started there because of that column.

Basically it is a pretty terrible publication even though it's won a boatload of awards (which makes me question the quality of other college papers), so I am unfortunately not surprised, but I am also really glad you're pursuing this. The 4E could use a serious reality check on their practices.
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Atobe333's avatar
Atobe333|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish someone had print screened that article
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RobynRose's avatar
I have a saved HTML copy of it and screenshots.
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BauerPower24777|Professional General Artist
It's a funny and obviously fake article. I thought you had volunteered. What a thief.

Next time, the person writing it should use their own likeness, and see how THEY like it.
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TERABBS|Hobbyist Digital Artist
He wants to be a journalist, Well I guess he wants to be a tabloid journalist.
But his credibility is stained already.
Sad this happens, but might be a point of the schools to teach about this sot of matters.
As I know how positive and nice it can be if its done the right way as I had with Sharyn McCrumb.
She found a picture she wanted on her book and contacted me personally.
I still haven't got it up here on DA (the picture) but my name is on the cover sleeve and even inside the book even if on the hard cover the picture isn't featured.

The book on Amazon [link] (not intended as spam but as information link)
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