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And the Law firm called me this morning....

Mudplucker
and they were under the understanding that they had either paid for the photgraphs they have or that they were free... so he is going to purchase it (he says). And i mentioned the other photos that the website had with the DT logo still on it and he said he will be proactive and remedy the situation. So they actually did not want to break the law and hopefully DT has a new paying customer :)
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 09:17:01 AM
Dieniti
Nice to read :) But how did you discover your image on the website? Just by chance?
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 09:30:20 AM
Miraclemoments
All is well that ends well....good on you for picking it up though.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 10:32:40 AM
BCritchley
Admin
We should still use the DT report misuse button when we find infringements as the customer then gets a correctly worded letter with no spelling mistakes, looks very professional and does work. On one of my last reported cases it lead to two 50 credit sales within 24 hours of me reporting the issue.

These pictures can be found by using Google's image search feature and or by searching your user name + Dreamstime in Google's image section.

Remember that a wrongly worded or overly aggressive email from us could could push the customer away from DT to another stock image provider when in most cases the user has just got the wrong idea about what "royalty free" means.

Who ever came up with "royalty free" as a name for a license you have to buy has not helped us contributors out lol.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 10:46:18 AM
Mudplucker
I first noticed a DT competitor making a substantial living sending out $600 "Demand Letters" for 3 and 6 dollar photos being illegally used. I thought, WOW, what a penalty. Then i dropped my photo into Google Images and it pops up a link to a law firm using the photo in a story/article on their website. My photo was right clicked from the small 1 inch photo on DT so no logo on it, but they have several other photos with the DT logo and name still on them in some of their articles. I also just properly filled out the DMCA notification with DT. Guess if i can upload 1 million images and catch 1 million violaters I'll do alright :)
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 10:49:51 AM
BCritchley
Admin
I have contacted some directly in the past and most either ignored my email or just removed the image without buying it. DT's letter suggesting legal action up to the cost of $150,000 tends to work well but they will not be asking for a few hundred $$$ to make the issue "go away".
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 10:59:19 AM
Mudplucker
the "competitor" charges $500 to $1100 and that does not include the cost of the photo, which might be another 8 to 50 bucks.... Google extortion demand letter by Betty with a G and you'll meet thousands of individuals who have coughed up big bucks, none of which has gone to the photographers either....
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Edited: 01/24/2013, 11:04:58 AM
Thanatonautii
That`s nice! I hope you get your money :)
Posted: 01/24/2013, 13:10:17 PM
Mstycoon
This is fascinating. I really don't understand what you mean by "dropped my photo into Google Images". Did you upload it to Google or search on a word?
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 15:03:02 PM
Red
Google Images
Drag and drop an image to initiate a search in Chrome or Firefox 3.0+. Simply click on an image, hold down the mouse, and begin dragging it toward the search box. You should see a blue box appear, and then you can drop the image into that box.
Posted: 01/24/2013, 16:31:21 PM
Mstycoon
Thank you Red. I had no idea this was possible.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 16:43:50 PM
Mstycoon
Can you drag and drop an image from your portfolio? I tried and couldn't do it.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 16:50:56 PM
Red
Yes you can. Go to this page Google Images and just drag the images from your portfolio, any size even the thumbnail, into the search box and it will return results of where that image is located on the web. It takes a bit to get used to. I open 2 browser windows and drag from my portfolio to the other widow where I have google images open. It might only work in Chrome and Firefox, I'm not sure about Explorer.
Edited: 01/24/2013, 17:10:33 PM
Mstycoon
Whenever I click on one of my photos and try to drag it I get a circle with a slash line in it. I'll keep trying. Thank you for your help.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 17:26:10 PM
BCritchley
Admin
Depends on your browser. It works for me using firefox but not with IE.
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Posted: 01/24/2013, 17:46:58 PM
Robinstockphotos
Just download and save the picture...and upload it on Google images after selecting that search by photo option.

Well, Mudplucker, tell the law firm to use your referral link to join DT.
PENALTY!

lol
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Posted: 01/25/2013, 01:22:08 AM
Mudplucker
oh yeah !!! DT staff got me PAID !!! and we gained a new customer in the process as i believe they purchased a subscription.....so alls well that ends well. I was so excited to get my first sale that i grabbed my camera and went out and shot some photos :)
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Edited: 01/28/2013, 11:38:11 AM
Pulsar124
AFAIK Google image "drag and drop" search only works for some countries - USA, Canada, probably a few others. I think this is because it is rather CPU expensive (on the google servers side).
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Edited: 01/28/2013, 11:56:49 AM
Pulsar124
A question - any point in reporting a Chinese language site with my photo with the dreamstime logo? Besides, it was in a blog, so I don't see them ever paying (probably will remove it in the best case scenario; most likely will simply ignore the request). I see that blog using other dreamsite photos as well.
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Posted: 01/28/2013, 12:05:13 PM
Mudplucker
Most definitely use the DMCA notification button and report it. My photo was in a blog from the law firm with news stories and they were using other DT photos too ! So i got paid and we gained a new customer, meaning that they might buy more of my stuff later on. Maybe I'll specialize in photos that a law firm might need to search for :)

Don't delay, report today !
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Posted: 01/28/2013, 12:17:28 PM