This is not a work of art, but it could be. It's a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, almost posing on the very wall of Cheesman Dam, one of the dams that slows and captures water from the South Platte River for use as part of Denver's drinking-water supply. Dam workers say the nimble sheep rightly feel protected from predators there. Cheesman Dam, which was named for Walter Scott Cheesman, a Denver druggist, railroad builder, and designer of water infrastructure, was the world's tallest at 221 feet when it was completed in 1905
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Cheesman was the first reservoir of Denver's mountain storage facilities that helped expand Denver Water's system. Built by immigrant stonemasons, the dam remains, after more than 100 years, the workhorse of the storage system and jewel among the Denver Water utility system's dams. Except for a small finger of the reservoir where fishers are allowed to try their luck, the dam and its vast reservoir are tightly secured and off-limits to human visitors, their boats and camping equipment, and their animals
Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Gift; Gates Frontiers Fund; 2015; (DLC/PP-2015:068).
Forms part of: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado 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/)