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« on: June 24, 2020, 14:35 »
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Early last month I learned that one of my older stock photographs was on PreparedFoodPhotos.com, which I had never heard of before. A company that used the photo said they got a letter from AdLife, the parent company, demanding $4,525 for copyright infringement.

PreparedFoodPhotos is a curious site it purports to sell thousands of stock photos of food for a monthly subscription of only $999. The photographs are displayed without watermarks and with no photographer credit. My photo, which mysteriously appeared on the site, was available on iStock until I deactivated my portfolio in 2013. AdLife apparently claims to have registered the copyright for my work, claiming it was first published in 1998, which is impossible.

My first queries to PreparedFoodPhotos.com were sent on their in-site contact form and were not answered. Only when I issued a DMCA did I get a response and it took more than a week and yet another DMCA to get them to remove my work. But in the response Executive Vice President Douglas Fleurant said I firmly agree that Intellectual Property Rights should be respected and protected. He also called the pirating of my work an anomaly.

So lets help them out by ferreting out any other mistakes?

Id also appreciate any advice for how to proceed. Many thanks.


Uncle Pete

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 08:18 »
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Early last month I learned that one of my older stock photographs was on PreparedFoodPhotos.com, which I had never heard of before. A company that used the photo said they got a letter from AdLife, the parent company, demanding $4,525 for copyright infringement.

PreparedFoodPhotos is a curious site it purports to sell thousands of stock photos of food for a monthly subscription of only $999. The photographs are displayed without watermarks and with no photographer credit. My photo, which mysteriously appeared on the site, was available on iStock until I deactivated my portfolio in 2013. AdLife apparently claims to have registered the copyright for my work, claiming it was first published in 1998, which is impossible.

My first queries to PreparedFoodPhotos.com were sent on their in-site contact form and were not answered. Only when I issued a DMCA did I get a response and it took more than a week and yet another DMCA to get them to remove my work. But in the response Executive Vice President Douglas Fleurant said I firmly agree that Intellectual Property Rights should be respected and protected. He also called the pirating of my work an anomaly.

So lets help them out by ferreting out any other mistakes?

Id also appreciate any advice for how to proceed. Many thanks.

That was entertaining and a joke. No not you, their site. Bottom of the page: "*Subscribers may only use licensed images as long as the Subscriber maintains an active subscription to the Service. " which is $999 a month? So if you use an image, you have to pay them $999 a month to continue to use it, or see bottom.

I wonder if they actually believe anyone will subscribe?

If you type in something like "grilled pizza", the search delivers a blank page. I mean, all white, nothing, no 0 results, no text... nothing.

Well done, well written, using very basic:  https://www.sitepoint.com/twitter-bootstrap-3-javascript-components/

"Fees and Payments

e)Exclusive, Unlicensed, and Prohibited Use. Exclusive use of Adlife photography is available at a rate starting at $8,000 per image, per medium/channel of use. Any unlicensed or prohibited use of any Adlife photography by Subscriber, its employees, affiliates and End-users will carry with it a minimum penalty of at least $8,000 per image, per medium/channel of use. 
"

I didn't find it myself, but I sent the link to a friend and he found another stolen image he recognized. What's with this place?
« Last Edit: June 25, 2020, 12:00 by Uncle Pete »


 

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