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« on: July 31, 2011, 22:05 »
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Ok, I got one of my images in eight sites (4 in Brazil, 4 abroad) with DT watermarked. I posted comments in all of them saying that the watermarked image is for evaluation purposes only and putting a link to the image at DT so they purchase a license (I can dream!).

One reply so far, the image was removed.

The BR sites are blogs hosted at Blogspot and Wordpress. I will wait a few days before reporting them to the admins. One of the is the blog of a politian.


« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2011, 23:12 »
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with 8 images it's fair to say that all of them will be removed sooner or later without achieving a purchase.

Maybe the politician will have one of his/her staff members purchase a license so his/her political career won't be damaged over a copyright infringement claim.

Picscout has already established that 9 out of 10 images online are used without a license. Speaks volumes...

« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 03:29 »
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I wish we had a set fine for this copyright infringement.  I really can't be bothered spending time chasing down these people if I'm not going to get paid for it.  I would just send them all an invoice for $50.

« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 11:21 »
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Yeah, it stinks that they just take the image down without any consequences.

That's a good idea, sending an invoice to them. But I doubt they would pay it anyway.

RacePhoto

« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 16:06 »
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I wish we had a set fine for this copyright infringement.  I really can't be bothered spending time chasing down these people if I'm not going to get paid for it.  I would just send them all an invoice for $50.

That's what I came up with as the simple solution.

Start fining them, something reasonable, not $250,000 for downloading a song, and start enforcing it, so people get the news and become aware. Heck I'd even go with $20 per infraction and make it easy to file, easy to collect, because it would be like a parking ticket. Or like you suggested $50 and but have some Govt. agency (I know that sounds really dumb!) But have them enforce it and collect and take a percentage, like 20% of the $50, so they have some teeth and have some motivation.

Doing it ourselves hasn't worked because there's no fine, no penalty, nothing but a weak take down, which provides no remedy for the illegal use. If we do want to file a charge, it costs more than the recovery. What's the use? The legal system is not useful in protecting rights of small artists. I'm not so sure it works for the big Corps. either at this point?

« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 16:19 »
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Sending an invoice will not work at all. I don't expect sales either, it will be a bonus if I get one (also because this is a level 5 image, so not really cheap). Maybe it will educate people, at least some of them.

So far, one reply saying the image was removed, and one removal without notice.


 

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