Image company under fire after black hole ‘copyright’

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Image company under fire after black hole ‘copyright’

The first-ever image of a black hole has sucked a Chinese image provider Visual China Group into a “black hole” of its own, after

some “we media” players complained that the company put its copyright logo on the image.

Just after the black hole image was released on Wednesday, some found the Visual China Gr

oup website carried the image with its logo, which means payment is required to use the image.

The company released a statement Thursday afternoon that the company gained the ima

ge copyright from the Event Horizon Telescope teams for use in media, not for commercial use such as advertisements.

Materials from the official websites of scientific authorities such as the European Sou

thern Observatory and NASA are available free, so long as users clearly credit the source.

The ESO has said Visual China has not made contact about the black hole image and it is illegal for it to claim copyright.

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