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« on: June 06, 2008, 04:57 »
I had a negative experience with Fotolia recently, another member used one of my images as part of his composition. I contacted support and had a few emails exchanged with Chad.
The result? Chad told me that "He thought this was allowed, it was a mistake", his images was removed and no further action was taken

This guy was selling my image for I dont know how long, he breaks the TOS and my copyright

Is this how Fotolia protects our work as photographers?

Maybe he has used your images too so here is a link to his portfolio: newbielink:http://www.fotolia.com/p/89020 [nonactive]


newbielink:http://www.rafairusta.com/poster.jpg [nonactive]

« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2008, 05:05 »
Sorry to hear about your experience I hope this doesn't happen to anyone else :( , I think Fotolia should have taken further action against him
« Last Edit: June 06, 2008, 05:21 by andresr »

« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2008, 05:17 »
thanks for the info.
I looked through the portfolio and didn't see any of mine in use, but i did still see your images online!

hopefully this gets cleared up asap


« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 05:21 »
It's still online!

« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2008, 05:22 »
Uhm the images are the same but the guy changed the windmills I wonder where he took them from now

« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2008, 05:39 »
Uhm the images are the same but the guy changed the windmills I wonder where he took them from now

ahh.. yeah.. true enough!!


« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008, 09:04 »
Geez, Fotolia are leaving themselves up to a world of liability by keeping this guy online. 

Looking at his portfolio it seems the majority of his images are composites.  And since we know he has used images not his own, it is a safe bet that he doesn't own copyright to many of the other composited images either. 

« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2008, 09:22 »
Yes, it's pretty obvious that his MO is to use other people's imagery as components in his own. I wouldn't be surprised to find that he's stealing the idea for his compositions, either.

"Gee, I didn't know you weren't allowed to do this" ... sure, yeah, right. Come on, Chad at FT, get with the program!


« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2008, 10:36 »
Well, that puts the kibosh on my plan to make a composite of Yuri's 12 top selling images. I was going to sell it as an XXXXXXXL.  That way, I would get 26c for every sub sale. 


Seriously though.  Chad's response is too forgiving.  The guy should have be banned from Fotolia immediately. 


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