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« on: October 29, 2011, 02:44 »
It looks like all the images that were included in the bundle are being pirated here

here is the google complaint form

that site is coming up #3 in a search for photodune bundle, so hopefully google can take them out of the searches.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2011, 09:53 by leaf »

« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2011, 02:55 »
.. I've sent my complaint to google.

« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2011, 07:55 »
The bundle is a large collection of files that they sell cheaply as a package.  It gets sold tons of times because it is so cheap if they buy everything together..
So Heroturko made a great deal then. That's what happens with persons that upload to undercutting sites as PD. Serves you well. If the offspring site of HT gets blocked from Google, they transfer in 5 mins to another domain and all the registered users will know 1 sec later by email.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2011, 07:58 by AttilaTheNun »

« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2011, 08:46 »
^^^These sites have stolen images from all over.  It doesn't seem to matter what the originals cost, they can probably get hold of whatever they want with a stolen credit card.

« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2011, 14:31 »
I started to fight against this heroturko-like sites years ago.
The whole thing is based on the file sharing sites offer. Thus, if you upload a file, it's online some time, then it's deleted. But if downloaded, remains on the server more time. The most important part is that these sites (rapidshare, hotfile, etc.) are asking money to use their service (to download files). So who uploads the files receives a few amount of money. To maintain the downloads, the content of the files are advertised on this heroturko-like sites.
To remove the content, you must complain to rapidshare, hotfile, etc. They don't say anything, they simply remove the files (archives).
To solve the problem, the one who shares the files uploads again the archive(s), in the comments posts the new links and that's it.

The problem is that file sharing sites doesn't care what's inside a shared file. They don't terminate accounts if something illegal is shared.


« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2011, 19:40 »
^^^These sites have stolen images from all over.  It doesn't seem to matter what the originals cost, they can probably get hold of whatever they want with a stolen credit card.

Exactly, they've hawked stuff from SS and FT too, and even Istock exclusive stuff.  This time it's Photodune.  Looks like PD is moving up in the world.  No way to avoid having your stuff stolen or sold illegally unless you just keep it on your hard drive and  never upload anywhere. 

Anyway, thanks for posting Tyler.  I'll contact Google too. 

« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2011, 03:59 »
PD bundles are so cheap, they are not just a temptation to people with stolen credit cards. Their birthday bundle had $507 worth of files and they sold it for $20. It doesn't take a credit card thief to see the kind of opportunities for making money on this, even if people bought the bundle legitimately.

« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2011, 21:39 »
Ah pirates :( The depressing thing is they often seem to think they are doing some sort of public service by 'liberating' files.

Unfortunately as a few people have mentioned this stuff is super common. We have a staffer dedicated to sending takedown notices and the like, which has some effect. My personal view is that if the music industry, who have thrown so much money at the problem, can't stop piracy, it's unlikely to change anytime soon.

Still, we'll keep doing what we can!!

Actually, it seems like the music industry is doing ok.  iTunes really mainstreamed paying for music.  Too bad no one here can step up in the photo arena.  Of course, iTunes is for personal use, not commercial.

« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2011, 22:35 »
Pirated music concern only famous music artist, if you're not famous, you can not be pirated. Music artists who are not pirated are all depressing because they don't exist in the industry. The others are real musicians: they playing music on stage. I don't see any comparison with microstock and photos.

« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2011, 12:22 »

Thanks for posting here.  Given that you are dedicated to sending take down notices, can you share with us ways that you find images that should be taken down? 

Do you search on your own, just rely on reports from contributors, or does PD hire a third party to track down abuse? 

Any tips for contributors to help PD out, such as including our copyright info when we upload?

Does PD tag images that you license with something like a digital watermark that helps you track images?

Thanks for any info you can share.


« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 14:35 »
Wow.  I am really impressed.  This is the first time I can ever remember staff members of any of the micros stepping in and handling a piracy issue based on a thread in this forum!  Do the other sites even HAVE a staff member dedicated to dealing with piracy?

Many thanks Ibrahim, and Collis too, for stepping up and handling this.  :)

« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2011, 05:28 »
Hello everyone,

This is Ibrahim Rodrguez from Envato Copyright Support. I hope you all are well :)

I just wanted to let you know that I have sent the necessary notice to FileSonic regarding this copyright infringement, I hope they take down the pirated links as soon as possible. Also, if you have more pirated links in the future please feel free to submit a ticket via Envato Support system and I'll be happy to take a look at your request.

Have a great week guys!


Thanks for taking the reigns on this ibby.  Much appreciated.


« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2011, 06:53 »
Yes Yes Yes!!!! All the larger agencies should have at least one dedicated member of staff taking care of this stuff! Very impressed here.

« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2011, 08:57 »
Credit it where credit is due. They have a dedicated Copyright guy, who works from home, so it's a nice job too. Still doesn't justify the small commission they give, from a company that can afford to give more. Having said that others give small commissions too and probably don't have someone specifically for this job. So hats off to PD on this one. 


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