— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) January 7, 2015
Editorial cartoonist Rob Tornoe found his cartoon (above) responding the to the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo had gone viral and even ended up in print publications – without permission or compensation.
Then, I open up Friday?s edition of the New York Daily News and what do I see? My cartoon, printed in a round-up on page five, without asking permission, paying a royalty or seeking comment. So far, my emails and invoices have been ignored the same as the legal copyright of my work. At least they?re consistent.
The Daily Beast, not satisfied with embedding my tweet, simply took my cartoon and placed it in a gallery with other cartoons about the attack. It received 25,000 likes on Facebook, so it was popular with readers. Just not popular enough to pay for or seek permission to run.
Such irony about how the global response has been how important and loved cartoons are, but in American, they still won’t pay for them.