Image found on another stock photography website!

One of my files here was downloaded few days ago. I did a search for it cause I just wanted to see where my files end up, and I found it on Czech stock photography website. So they bought my file, I got 35 cents for it and now they are getting money from it? I think they should have bought rights for that, right?

Thanks for your thoughts people! Good luck to everyone with their stock!

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Photo credits: Stanislav Aleksandersson.

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August 29, 2014

Aleksandersson

Thanks for your responses, people! I wrote to both DT support and to that Czech website. The Czech website wrote me first informing me that they are working together with DT. Later on DT wrote me the same thing. They both said that the image sold on another platform will still generate an income for me.
So it seems to be all set, but I'll be checking the status of the image just in case.
Thanks again guys! And good luck with stock photography to all!

August 28, 2014

Perstock

Lots of people doesnt care about copyright or licenses, even in media business. Just think about music...
Also, think about price levels in microstock compared to conventional agency prices just ten or fifteen years ago. At that time the agencies sent a huge invoice or even sued the publisher who published a stolen image. Even if it was a client who used the image in another way than the license he or she originally paid for.
Its another world, but theft is still a theft!

August 27, 2014

Angelaostafichuk

I ran into a similar problem a few years ago, when people buy a photo and then resell it somewhere else. It's very frustrating.
Talk to the great staff at DT and see what advice they have to offer as it's a very grey area.
Good luck.

August 27, 2014

Aleksandersson

I see what you mean, but this particular time I know for sure that they bought it. I edited the image and uploaded the same day, my original image have a different tonality. And the sale came the very next day so it was easy for me to determine who bought it and when. The image has only one sale.
I'm looking forward to the response.

August 27, 2014

Vilaimages

What I meant is that it is true that you found your photo online maybe used illegally. But you can never be sure who bought it. To explain it in another way, I have a photo with ten sales, but when I do a Google image search I find it in 25 different places. Who really bought it and who is using it illegally? Sure, the ones with watermarks you know are illegal but there are some that don't even have that...the only way to know it would be to investigate every one of them. And who has the time for that.

But your case is interesting because you found it on a stock photo website. Even though Dreamstime works with other websites, it is important that you let DT support know just in case.

August 27, 2014

Aleksandersson

Thanks for reply! How I know who bought the photo is easy. I just did an image search on google and got one result with that Czech website. I already contacted support and am waiting for their response. I'll post as soon as I get it.

August 27, 2014

Vilaimages

I'm quite sure that is not the case. The first question that comes to my mind is how do you know who bought the photo. And second, you need to find out if the other stock agency is a "sister company" that works in agreement with Dreamstime.

You should contact support and with the file # ask about your concerns.
Let us know what you found out! Good luck.

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