*Help, I've Been Infringed: this gives advice, steps, and options as to how you can deal with your art theft.
*Why You Should Add Metadata to your photos:
*Where do I put my copyright notice?
**Update: This seems to have disappeared! When I checked the link, a cute octopus illustration and foreign lettering show up. This one was particularly annoying as
the guy replaced my signature with his own and was bragging about my work as if it was his.
He even renamed it 'Decay and Despair'. I'm not sure how this was taken down, but I'm very glad that it was.
**Update: This seems to have disappeared as well. Apparently it was because of the emails with screenshot of the poster and link to my photo and a copy of it complaining of copyright infringement. I received a response to my email, from a site administrator, that it was deleted. I sent those emails to administrative addresses I found with 'who is' www.whois.net/ for the website. I used some of the steps outlined in the first link listed above titled 'Help, I've Been Infringed'. I also had filed a copyright complaint on the site several days ago and heard nothing. That apparently was a wasted effort. I tried to explain to the guy that made the poster about how it was copyrighted and it was stolen and why he should take it down. I was met with a rude and obnoxious attitude from him and his friends. They were all very rude to me and acted like I was a horrible person. One of the friends, who is a member of DA, told me I was just looking for attention and 'fodder' for my journal. The last thing the guy who made the poster said to me was 'lamo' and I responded 'For now'. I really tried to explain to him and his friends why it was wrong and should be taken down. They either just didn't get it or care. It's really a shame that he had to be forced to take it down. It would have been so much better if he had at least considered what I was saying to him and behaved in a reasonable manner. He could have even researched it himself, if he didn't believe me. Instead he was rude and obnoxious, supported by his rude friends, and didn't care. I wonder if he will consider the copyrights of material he uses in the future or be in denial and just think I'm a witch.
***Well here's an update: All of the people I've talked to in Dubai have been very nice. They pulled the ad immediately. The person who designed this ad for them is in the UK! Worse than that he used it again for another promotion for the same business and I found it last night. After I sent a second email to the web page displaying it and the business using it I received an immediate response telling me about the designer. As a designer, he knows full well about copyrights and model releases. He was cc on my email to the business and I've just sent him one as well, demanding payment for use of my image and photo in both ads and if not, it will have to go through the courts in the UK.
I guess I'm convinced more than ever that taking action and fighting art theft wherever you can is important.
as we debated some time ago about pollution and 'doomsday wheather' caused by global warming, which in its turn is caused by human reckless plundering of ressources... peggy, I think those (widespread) behaviour of stealing consciously intellectual property of other persons is one of the signs of the same mis-behaviour: plundering recklessly ressources you can get...
you answered then to my arguments (why people won't drive e-cars, e.g.) 'we americans are hard working people and many cannot afford to buy a more expansive car and we cannot go back to hard times when 'the west was won'...
exactly the same reasoning your image-thief at pikabu or vk may answer to you: I am a hard-working perso and got no money to buy a stock-photo and cannot go back to hard former (soviet times) when one had to make his art(work) all by himself.
I guess there will always be thieves and immoral people.
Well, it's not just that sort Fabio. I'm sure that designer gets good money from clients like the nightclub in Dubai. It's just greed and stupidity. Also, they probably think no one will find out as the internet is so vast.
I fear, if those poeple would have a clear notion what copyright and image theft means, they would not commit it so easily. - hence their rude and shameless reactions. the case is complicated furthermore, as some of the sites you indicated seem to be created explicitely with the aim of collecting noteworthy images from the web (which in itself is nothing bad - provided the collectors ask before for permission and state clearly who is the author of the picture. others are sites (like demotivaciones.es) where the users take a ('found') picture and provide a suting motto (also 'found') by themselves - so they may consider the entire posting as 'their' 'intellctual work' )) - once again, if they asked before and wre given permission, it would be alright in my opinion.
ABSOLUTELY impropriate and criminal is the case where the thief deletes the copyright text and replaces it with his/her name/pseudonym - this clearly indicates that they do/did it consciously and with bad will.
there should be a growing consciousness about, that not only individual thieves, but entire webn-sites /art communities who tolerate or even support image/copyright theft should be accused, sued, and banned... in some european countries this was legislated and executed in some cases - but only on begalf and in favour of music companies!
I'm not so sure after finding out that a professional designer in the UK did that to me. I would hope that nonprofessionals would be more careful if they knew better - obviously that designer knows full well about copyrights and model releases. Yeah, I find the whole notion of that sort of thing odd and wonder what's the purpose of the collecting. My stuff is all over the place on those sites and I've only been asked twice. Lots of my stuff is being used with poetry and such on inspirational sites and I've never been asked permission. They seem to think that because it's not for sale, that it's ok.
That's happened to me and it really makes me mad. It shows they know what they're doing is wrong.
Very true. The amount of ignorance I've been encountering is staggering. They really don't get it, don't care, and don't want to hear about it. All they know is that I'm messing up their fun and think I'm mean. Well the good thing about that is it at least sets a precedence that can be used for argument in court cases as music is an art form.