Photog Discovers State is Using Copyrighted Image, Sues

The Texas Department of Public safety is allegedly using David K. Langford's image on 4.5 million vehicle inspection stickers.

Left:The State Vehicle Inspection sticker in question. Right: David K. Langford’s original image.

Texas-based photographer David K. Langford is suing the state of Texas over allegations that the Department of Public Safety ripped off a copyrighted image he made in 1984. Langford recently discovered that a version of his image was being used as the main design on approximately 4.5 million vehicle inspection stickers in 15 Texas counties.

The inspection sticker was originally designed by a Texas prison inmate who converted the image in question into a silhouette for use on the sticker. The inmate pulled the image from a copy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine.

What do you think? Does Langford deserve compensation for the use of his work? Or is the state of Texas in the right?

From: MySanAntonio.com