Photo provider sorry for selling national flag and emblem images

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/4/11 22:57:46

Gao Hongfu (second left) raises the national flag at Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2009. Photo: Courtesy of Gao Hongfu

A Chinese image provider apologized on Thursday for selling images of the national flag and the country's national emblem. 

The Visual China Group (VCG) has removed the images and will enhance its review procedures in the future, read a statement released on VCG's Sina Weibo account. 

The Global Times reporter searched for images of the national flag and emblem on VCG's website on Thursday night and no results were returned.  

The move came after the Communist Youth League of China questioned the image sales on Weibo after saw the images as they were searching for images of the first-ever photo of a black hole, which was also allegedly on sale after it was released late on Wednesday. 

According to screenshots spread on the internet, VCG wrote in the note on the black hole photo that the photo was for press use only and consultation was required before any commercial use. 

The note was interpreted by some netizens as VCG claiming copyright to the photo. 

Chai Jijun, founder of VCG, on Thursday told news portal that they never owned the copyright but were granted permission to use it.

The owner of the image is the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project team, Chai said.

Chai noted it was a good thing to see many Chinese netizens paying attention to and discussing copyright as it showed increased awareness of such rights. 

Wu Xiangping, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of the seven designated international research bodies in EHT project, said Wednesday that "Once the image is released, the whole world can use it… As long as you label where it comes from," China National Radio reported on Wednesday.


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