I hate it...

using the google image finder one can find tons of watermarked images....

I hate it because many sites that use watermarked images are in hyroglyphic (non-arabic) fonts like Korean or Greek, have no contact adress, and if they have something like this they do not provide any document of correct image licensing, if one asks for.

Some examples:

Greek page with Euro-Bomb

Many watermarked DT images

Another Euro-Bomb

What I hate the most: even if you use a DMCA Takedown Request nothing happens. NOTHING!

It seems to me that beeing a copyright owner is less worth than nothing!

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October 09, 2011

Egomezta

The same has happened to me, and I can't report the use of it because I don't find a valid email. What I have done and sometimes it had work is to write directly in the page, and ask them kindly to remove the image since they haven't paid for it. Here it is an example: Vegas Vacation

October 08, 2011

Tan510jomast

FREE is the culprit word .
I found photo and AV magazines writing that it is ok to use "royalty free" work because it is FREE ...meaning you don't have to pay ROYALTY for using them. much like the misunderstanding that you paid for a movie dvd or music cd so you're free to distribute it on the web.
Imagine it, if the editors of photo and AV product magazines don't understand the meaning of ROYALTY FREE, and tell readers that, would you expect readers to think it's ok to used royalty free images ,etc without paying for it?

October 08, 2011

Peanutroaster

I suppose one could conclude that dreamstime concedes the theft of small sized images and reaps the benefit of free advertising. Unfortunately for me, most of my sales seem to be in the small sized images.

October 08, 2011

Linqong

This is a serious problem.
This should arouse our attention.

October 08, 2011

Peanutroaster

The Korean site has right click disabled and displays a Creative Commons statement so it makes it seem like the images are public domain.

October 08, 2011

Peanutroaster

If you trace the image from the Greek page, it goes back to another Greek blog page. So each time an image is used illegally you can bet the abuse is multiplied.

October 08, 2011

Peanutroaster

Need to embedded the images with some code that deactivates the image unless its been paid for.

October 08, 2011

Cristalloid

@Roberto1977 I used it already! NOTHIN happened

October 08, 2011

Roberto1977

Use the new Report misure page.

Bye, Rob.

October 08, 2011

Twindesign

I agree. I don't understand why they don't make the watermark darker and more irritating on the image. It should realy make sure the image doesn't look nice to use with the watermark.

October 08, 2011

Diavata

I agree, in many cases I think there's no watermark on the image, until I really take a VERY close look.

October 08, 2011

Karenfoleyphotography

I have to say, I think DT's watermark needs to be beefed up. There are soooooo many files where you have to really look hard to see the swirl, the dreamstime.com shows up in the corner, but the image is still "usable" to those who have no regard for copyright infringement.

I know the argument is the need to balance our customers ease of use with protection for the creators, but I have seen this topic arise in many message threads, so it is obviously an issue that is important to a lot of people.

October 08, 2011

Cristalloid

I think DT should use all of its capabilities to fight for the rights of us contributors...

October 08, 2011

Maybefalse

I think DT needs to improve the watermark to protect contributors' right.

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Photo credits: Cristalloid.