As we reported last week, there’s plenty to be shocked about in Hachette’s Shock magazine, which debuts on newsstands this week. One shocker we didn’t see coming: Michael Yon‘s cover photo of an American soldier cradling a child appears to have been used without permission. From Yon’s Web site.
I first became aware of the infringement when stunned and angry readers contacted me under the mistaken belief that I allowed SHOCK magazine to use it on their cover. I did not, and never would have agreed to their usage. I regularly turn down usage requests for this photo — uses that could earn money — because this photo is sacred to me and is representative of the U.S. soldiers I have come to know. It is also representative of the horrors of the enemy we all face.