China's Largest Stock Photo Provider Attracts Fire Over Use of Black Hole Image

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Reader hackingbear shares a report: As soon as the European Southern Observatory released the black hole photo, under Creative Commons license, on April 10, Visual China Group (VCG), China’s leading stock image provider that’s compared to Getty Images, made the image available for sale in its library without attribution to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. “This is an editorial image. Please call 400-818-2525 or consult our customer service representative for commercial use,” said a note for the black hole image on VCG’s website. Internet users took to social media slamming VCG for monetizing a photo intended for free distribution among the human race. VCG swiftly revised the note to say the black hole photo should not be used for commercial


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