The CONSOL Energy Wingtip Bridge, a pedestrian bridge with a main walkway and two others bending above and below that surmounts a 100-foot ravine at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, site of annual National Scout Jamboree (and sometimes international scouting retreats as well) in the sprawling wilderness near the tiny town of Glen Jean and the New River Gorge in West Virginia
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The campus includes campsites for as many as 45,000 campers at a time, as well as a scouting leadership center and a "high adventure" base for scouts' physical activities. The reserve, whose site was selected from among more than 80 candidate locations in 2009, was funded in part by a $50-million donation from the Bechtel Corporation, $25 million from the foundation of avid former Eagle Scout Walter Scott and his wife, Suzanne, and other contributions. According to CONSOL Energy, which donated $15 million to build the bridge, it was inspired by the look and strength of eagles' wings.
Credit line: West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Purchase; Carol M. Highsmith Photography, Inc.; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:055).
Forms part of: West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
In 2015, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge. In 2016, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty stating “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.” (more: http://hyperallergic.com/314079/photographer-files-1-billion-suit-against-getty-for-licensing-her-public-domain-images/)