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  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot

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May

“The day after Edward Crawford’s death, his attorney Jerryl Christmas scrolled through the coverage on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. Unsurprisingly, the lead image on the paper’s May 5 story was the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that showed Crawford winding up to throw a tear gas grenade during the Ferguson protests.<br><br>Beneath the photo, next to the caption, was a green button with the words, “Buy now.” <br><br>”I bought it that day,” Christmas says. “Just to prove that even in death they’re still profiting off him.”<br><br>Crawford, says Christmas, had long been frustrated by the Post-Dispatch’s seemingly ironclad ownership of the image that made him famous. Bootleg t-shirts, blog posts and social media accounts continually ripped off the photo, and such unauthorized usage invited take-down notices from the newspaper. Yet Crawford, who had five children, was no different than anyone else seeking to use the photo. Even though he was its subject, he had no rights to the image.<br><br>”He reflected on that all the time,” says Christmas. “He could not understand how he could see his image worldwide, and the Post owns it and sells his image, and him not having any access to it.” <br><br>”I had talked to Edward that Thursday,” says Christmas. “I had drafted a letter to the Post trying to reach an agreement. It was shortly after I had faxed it on Friday morning that I learned that Edward had passed.””

  • By Hands Up Dont Shoot
"The day after Edward Crawford's death, his attorney Jerryl Christmas scrolled through the coverage on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. Unsurprisingly, the lead image on the paper's May 5 story was the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that showed Crawford winding up to throw a tear gas grenade during the Ferguson protests.

Beneath the photo, next to the caption, was a green button with the words, "Buy now."

"I bought it that day," Christmas says. "Just to prove that even in death they’re still profiting off him."

Crawford, says Christmas, had long been frustrated by the Post-Dispatch's seemingly ironclad ownership of the image that made him famous. Bootleg t-shirts, blog posts and social media accounts continually ripped off the photo, and such unauthorized usage invited take-down notices from the newspaper. Yet Crawford, who had five children, was no different than anyone else seeking to use the photo. Even though he was its subject, he had no rights to the image.

"He reflected on that all the time," says Christmas. "He could not understand how he could see his image worldwide, and the Post owns it and sells his image, and him not having any access to it."

"I had talked to Edward that Thursday," says Christmas. "I had drafted a letter to the Post trying to reach an agreement. It was shortly after I had faxed it on Friday morning that I learned that Edward had passed.""

Edward Crawford's Photo Helped the Post-Dispatch Win a Pulitzer. Now His Family Wants a Cut

The day after Edward Crawford's death, his attorney Jerryl Christmas scrolled through the coverage on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. Unsurprisingly, the lead image on...


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