Successful Defense of Copyright Violation

© Pogonici ( Help)

I did a Google Image search early this past week of my ten best selling images and found several instances of them being used illegally. They were on Facebook, Blogspot and two private web sites.

© Mcininch ( Help)

In the case of the private web sites, I sent a polite email notifying the owner of his/her violation asking for my image to be removed. In both cases, my photos were removed. One of the site owners sent an apology and a sequence of emails letting me know how sorry he was.

© Sebcz ( Help)
For Google's Blogspot and for Facebook follow the information below.

To have an image removed from one or more of Google's many services, you should start here: DMCA Notice: How to Complain to Google to Remove Copyright Contents. This form will step you through a series of radio buttons asking qualifying questions.

Specifically, in the case of Google's Blogger.com, you will be led to this page: Report Alleged Copyright Infringement: Blogger where you will be asked about ownership, URL location of authorized use of your image, description of image and URL location of unauthorized use of your image. Don't forget to use complete URLs and to check the two boxes.

Immediately, I received a confirming email that their team received my complaint and within twelve hours, I received notice that my image had been removed from the Blogger's site.

In the case of Facebook, it can be a bit confusing navigating through their set of questions, FAQs and information ultimately leading to their form link. I'll save you some frustration. The link is: Reporting a Violation/Infringement of your Rights. Click the Copyright box and it will open a set of questions about your photo. Then just click Send. You will quickly receive a confirmation email from Facebook. Within twelve hours of making my complaint, my image was removed from the offending Facebook account.

So, happily (and unexpectedly quick) I was able to protect my images. It appears that Google and Facebook take copyright violation as a very serious matter.

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September 12, 2012

Chaggar

Hi, All,
I am new to this site. I am wondering why people would buy photos on this site when one could google almost any image and quite similar. Doesn't Google make it hard to sell photos on this site?

June 15, 2012

Rosseels

Thank you for this useful information. I had a pic with watermark removed from a Facebook site within 24 hours. Fantastic!

June 15, 2012

Cleaper

Really useful blog - thank you for the info!

June 14, 2012

Lostarts

Hi Coraldesign. If stupidity was a crime, then all the jails around the world would not be enough to hold all the stupid people. Anyone using an image that is not theirs and that they did not pay for must realize that they are using property that does not belong to them. It's like taking any piece of property, if it ain't yours, then it ain't yours and it's stealing.

June 14, 2012

Coraldesign

Thanks Lostarts, that makes sense now, but I couldn't imagine anyone can be so stupid to use a watermarked image in their website. I've seen many cases where images were retouched to remove that watermark (they were all low resolution images anyway) but none being used as it is and more than that - keeping the original file name. However, most of the Facebook users know nothing about copyright and watermarking. I think the main source for the stolen images is Google Image search engine itself. All images in there appear with the watermark on and it's really easy for someone to copy the image directly from there after a simple image search operation, without the need to come over to DT to get the image.

June 13, 2012

Lostarts

Thanks, Vwimage. Favor? Click the button that says "useful" way up in the right hand corner.

June 13, 2012

Vwimage

Excellent information and great to see how quickly the images were removed. I have seen several of mine with the Dreamstime logo still on, so will follow this up to have them removed. Thanks :)

June 13, 2012

Lostarts

Tim, that's great news for me to hear. Makes me have the feeling I contributed something worthwhile to the community. Thanks!!!!!

June 13, 2012

THPStock

Thanks for this post, motivated me to have a look and I successfully got some images removed that were stolen - not just from me but from other DT photogs!

June 13, 2012

Lostarts

It's easy to know if an image is being used without proper rights. If you see the watermark, it's being used improperly.

June 13, 2012

Coraldesign

How can you know for sure that the images are being used without proper rights, especially for images that have many downloads? Is there a way we can know the intended use of a downloaded image? I didn't find this feature on any stock website.

June 13, 2012

Nero67

Thanks for sharing!!!

June 12, 2012

Thevegetable

Thanks for sharing... :)

June 12, 2012

Ifeelstock

Great article! Thank you!
Also thank you for using one of my image:)

June 11, 2012

Grafvision

Thanks for sharing..:)

June 11, 2012

Lostarts

Thank you, Adeliepenguin.

June 11, 2012

Adeliepenguin

Great blog--thanks for sharing!

June 11, 2012

Lostarts

Babar, here is how I do it.
Right-click an image on the web

To search by image, download the Chrome extension or the Firefox extension. With the extension installed, simply right-click an image to search Google with that image. You can get the extension here: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html

June 11, 2012

Babar760

Hi Lostarts,
Being not very computer literate, I'd like to know how you google one of your pictures!
Thanks.

June 11, 2012

Parkinsonsniper

Great information here. Thanks for sharing

June 11, 2012

Lostarts

Alvera, I'm still thinking about it ... don't know yet but I don't like Pinterest at all.

June 11, 2012

Alvera

how about Pinterest? :)

June 11, 2012

Lostarts

Thank you, everyone.

June 11, 2012

Alvera

I used button USEFUL for your post, thank you

June 11, 2012

Lostarts

In case you are not aware of them, here are two places to look for a domain host http://www.whois.com/whois/ and http://instantdomainsearch.com/. There are others if you Google on "find domain name host".

June 10, 2012

Rosedarc

Dreamstime have also often successfully managed to get an image of mine removed from a website; unfortunately in some occasions people don't react and if there is no information on the web about their host, it's very frustrating.

June 09, 2012

Rigsby8131

Excellent blog with really useful information. Thanks for sharing!!!

June 09, 2012

M4rio1979

Thanks a lot for this info

June 09, 2012

Physi28

thanks for your post, this is important and useful info for all of us!

June 09, 2012

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing this great info.

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