Somehow I ended up on Mat Kearney’s single, “Hey Mama.” I had to dig this particular photo of me out of my MySpace profile, so I’m not really sure why Mat Kearney’s people were trolling my MySpace profile for photos of his new album. Go figure.
I’m glad I really like this song, since y’know, I’m the one singing it. I first heard “Hey Mama” in the gym today. The hand clapping in this song is really nice, so I wanted to add it to my “Hand Clapping” playlist in Spotify. I got back to my desk, searched for the song, and lo and behold, I thought I was looking at myself in the album cover for this single! In other photos of Mat Kearney, I don’t really look like him, but the resemblance in this particular photo is really weird.
Hi Mat. Too bad you are missing a t in your name. It’s spelled Matt, just so you know.
UPDATE: here’s another photo that has an even closer pose:
haha. this made me laugh. also, i enjoy that song. esp. the hand clapping.
If your photo was licensed at some place like Corbis or Getty and he pulled that, he would be sued so fast. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t EXACTLY the same photo, there is enough (and believe me, it doesn’t take much) to issue a cease and desist order. If your photos ARE copyrighted, I would contact him or his management company and demand as much
Ha, well, they didn’t use my photo. It just kinda looks like me.
That’s my point. They don’t have to use your photo, even if they replicate your photo and shoot it themselves they are violating licensing laws. I know you’re not a very litigious person and that you see this as more of a neat idea for a blog post, I’m just here to tell you that you could tell him or his management company that they are in violation of copyright laws
ooooh Tom. I see. Oh I don’t think they looked at my photo at all. I can see why you thought that, because I wrote the post in a tongue-in-cheek way. It’s just really funny the coincidence of how our photos look similar.
Even if they did it by coincidence, your copyright is before theirs and you can demand a cease and desist order. The world of licensing and rights is so much fun, isn’t it? 😉
But if I had Mat Kearney get rid of his photo, then I wouldn’t be able to see myself on the album cover whenever I listen to it in Spotify.
It’s just like when I was in elementary school and this book came out (http://www.amazon.com/Best-School-Year-Ever/dp/0064404927) and the girl on the cover looks exactly like what I looked like (I was all about pigtails, overalls and round glasses)!
Ah yeah, the 90s. Land of the overalls and round glasses. (Pigtails are cool every decade). That book cover is so classic. Banana peels, paper airplanes, jumping frogs. Look out for the frogs! The frogs! The frogs! Frogs rule.