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Author Topic: This guy claims copyright of your images, check this out!  (Read 3954 times)

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« on: April 07, 2013, 20:10 »
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I found ton of mine on this website with copyright attribute to "Essential oils book" (themselves). And i also recognized some other images from other authors at Shutterstock. Example:
http://www.severythingessential.me/HealthConcerns/WeightLossSkinConditions.html#page=page-1
I am sure some of you will find some of your pics here. This guy also published some books and possibly have your images there with their copyright name as well, there is no way to check though. I wrote to them and let see what they say.

Edit: remove the s before every to go to the site
« Last Edit: April 08, 2013, 13:11 by asmai »


« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 11:54 »
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I sent them an email asking them to replace the copyright credit line immediately. No reply yet, how much time do you think i should give them? Anyone has encountered any similar situation before?

ShadySue

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 12:02 »
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I had someone claim copyright of my iStock images. Oddly, he had some CC pics off Flickr which he had correctly attributed.
I contacted iS's CR and they contacted him, and he removed my pics. Maybe/probably he had 'lifted' them from a legitimate buyer (?).

Tryingmybest

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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 12:10 »
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You should break the link, so he can't track the traffic from this forum.  :D :D

« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 12:22 »
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I had someone claim copyright of my iStock images. Oddly, he had some CC pics off Flickr which he had correctly attributed.
I contacted iS's CR and they contacted him, and he removed my pics. Maybe/probably he had 'lifted' them from a legitimate buyer (?).

Well, this guy systematically claims all images his. I think he probably bought them. But the trouble is i dont know where did he get them from. Maybe i can report to Google search, they have a form for this. Did anyone tried that before?

« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 12:22 »
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You should break the link, so he can't track the traffic from this forum.  :D :D

Done, thanks and sorry, did know about that.

« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 12:52 »
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Try to contact google for an DMCA. Google is the most effective method. http://support.google.com/bin/static.py?hl=en&hlrm=it&ts=1114905&page=ts.cs

« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 13:13 »
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Try to contact google for an DMCA. Google is the most effective method. http://support.google.com/bin/static.py?hl=en&hlrm=it&ts=1114905&page=ts.cs

Thanks, alberto, will give them a few days and then i'll do just that

Poncke

« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2013, 13:43 »
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If he bought all the images a DMCA might bite you in the back. A wrong placement of the copyright text should be put to the attention of the selling agency, IMO. If this guy goes to complain at the agency where he bought the images, your account may get suspended. Tread carefully.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2013, 16:20 »
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If you have any way of knowing from where he may have bought the image, why not contact the agency concerned. As Ponke says, tread carefully in case it's ignorance, not malice.

« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2013, 17:11 »
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He don't know where the guy bought the pictures if bought them. The OP already had contacted the man. So if he answer and correct the issue I think that there aren't problem if he don't answer the incorrect statement was its. Every terms and conditions in any agencies about copyright are cristal clear, when you buy a file you aren't the copyright owner. So if I see a website with some pictures of mine where the owner statues that he is the copyright owner, I send him an e-mail where I explain how things works and how to correct the mistake. If he answer and correct the issue, well, otherwise the DCMA is due, and there isn't agency that can do anything.

Poncke

« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2013, 17:22 »
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Best advice, send a DMCA to a buyer who paid for images. Getting rid of your competition?

Even if the photographer doesnt know where the buyer got the images, the buyer does and if he complains to the agency, it could be another ball game all together.

DMCA is not to be used lightly. If the buyer corrects the credits and sends a counter DMCA, the photographer has to take it to court, otherwise the buyer can sue the photographer for sending out a false DMCA.

« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2013, 18:36 »
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Read above what I and the OP wrote, an email was send to the site explaining what to do (correct the credit line). The OP also is waiting for an answer, until now he didn't start the DCMA. But if the website in a few days don't answer you really trust that the trouble are for the OP. Google do a first friendly attempt contacting the site owner, if He/She correct the mistake nothing happens, if he/she don't correct the issue google can proceeding with the DMCA. So again if the website violated the copyright and sue the OP, what it get? There isn't  false DMCA, google don't make the content inaccessible if the website correct the credit line, again in this case nothing happen. But if he/she didn't correct the issue google make the content inaccessible. At this point the website can't correct anymore the credit line because it isn't no longer on-line. The violation of the credit line is a copyright violation, and if, after that the copyright holder and google, friendly ask for remedy a mistake and he/she didn't you really trust that can he/she sue anyone? And trust me, google has the original pages whit the violation. Poncke if I buy ten of your pictures I can't write in the copyright line Alberto. If you friendly ask me to correct the mistake and explain what and how to do with a link about the copyright, I'm lucky that you don't sued me, I know that the fail is mine. I can only thank you and correct the mistake. If I don't answer to your email and after that, write me google ever friendly, explaining me what happen and that I can't claim the copyright on your pictures, I think that I'd be an idiot if I don't correct the error. And if I don't and google make the pictures inaccessible I'm a double idiot if I sue you, Google gives you the data and the print where I wrote  Alberto on the pictures the clear evidence of the violation of your copyright. So tread carefully but don't be afraid.
And now I reread message #3 it's not the first time that the guy is caught with this mistake, frankly don't trust his bona fide.
English is not my first language, I hope you can understand what I wrote

Poncke

« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2013, 12:33 »
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You are not supposed to contact the buyer, some agencies do not allow that. You are supposed to contact the agency if you see a violation of the licence. If you dont know from which agency he bought it from, you can take the risk of contacting the buyer yourself. If the buyer then complains to the agency, you can get your account suspended. But whatever man, it seems you have it all figured out. I hope for you and the OP this ends on a positive, because if it doesnt...

And as for DMCA, read up on it, because I have the idea you do not fully understand the impact it can have on both parties.


 

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