So earlier this month Joe was informed about some particular anti-rights bigots using video he shot and I edited without permission and outside the bounds of fair use. Joe has asked nicely and it appears that Ladd intends to ignore him.
This is a single frame, being used as a still image without commentary, out of context, and in no way is being used in a manner that can be considered “Fair Use”. They do not own the rights to the image, they are not using the image for a derivative work, they stole it to use it in a manner to show us as intimidating and threatening, and they have not licensed the use of the image either. They have not cited or credited the source of the original work either. It is not even in a manner as they did previously where it was obvious that the still was associate with a video.
So, there’s a new game of chess, the question is what’s the next move. Joe is the rights holder for that frame as he shot it, I think if there’s another volley prior to a formal DMCA request it needs to focus on rights and usage. A DMCA request can also be issued to Blogger without the necessities of a lawyer and let Blogger remove the material. If Blogger refuses to, then more force may be required.