No sooner had we posted our story on Ustream's newly-App-Store-approved streaming video app, than we got the following message from someone at Ustream, asking us to swap out the image we used in the story (a screenshot of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore): "Hi, can you please swap out the Ashton and Demi image image on this story with the one attached here?"
This piqued our curiosity, as it's rare that we get these kinds of requests from software developers. So we went back to iTunes and checked the listing for Ustream Live Broadcaster. There were screenshots of P. Diddy on the red carpet, kids playing soccer, and the app's Recorder function. So we went to an iTunes archiving site to view the original screen shots:
It can be deduced that SOMEONE contacted Ustream and said "You can't use the Phelps/Kutcher/Moore pictures," and now Ustream has contacted us (as possibly other sites) politely asking that the offending pix be eighty-sixed. On the other hand, the fact that The Artist Formerly Known As Puff Daddy is still online means that either (a) he doesn't know or (b) he doesn't care.
'Course, when you consider how many sites in general scrape iTunes for apps and images, it's safe to say this cat is pretty much out of the ag-bay by now. "Information is forever" and all that. Mind you, we're not bagging on Ustream by a long shot — it may well have been an innocent mistake on their part — but we're amused that the PR flacks think they can go up against Generation SmartPhone and get their way.