My problem is not my images. My problem are the images of other users! I found an image on a box in my supermarket. The image has the symbol of Dreamstime, so I think this was not downloaded under payment. I sent a message to dreamstime (two weeks ago): no answer. I found the image on dreamstime and I sent a message to the contributors: no answer!
What Have I to do with that box? It seems nobody is interested in this infringement!
It's a bit odd, because Dreamstime will answer to more than 99% of emails received, maybe your message didn't get to us? You have to use the contact form in order to send a message, posting on our Facebook page rarely has an effect.
Viorel, I think your post is really good in showing DT users the direction to follow when they find such copyright infringements. However, the idea in this post is showing just the tip of the iceberg. The REAL copyright infringement is not the one you described in this post. People using these watermarked images are not getting any money out of the images, or at least they get very little out of the images they got without having propper permissions.
The real enemy in this copyright infringement war is in fact Google Images on one side and the microstock agencies on the other side. Google Image Search service is serving non-watermarked and sometimes high-resolution images to anybody who is searching with the proper keywords. I won't be more specific on this one, but the microstock agencies must adapt their workflow to prevent this kind of situations. Any image downloaded from DT or other stock image website and then used in a website without being altered at all by the buyer is at risk of being indexed and then served by Google Image to anybody on this planet. For free.
Think about this, then you'll realize that fighting small resolution image theft (with watermark) is a bit hilarious when compared with the real image theft mentioned above. I hope a solution, or some sort of agreement will be signed between microstock agencies and services like Google Image that will prevent indexing and serving copyrighted digital material. In other words: when you - as a contributor - have a sale and that image is being used on the web, you run the risk of having that image indexed by Google and then served at the max. downloaded resolution to someone who is searching for it.
Coral, sometimes the people uses images with watermark. Google images is a part of the problem (when you open an image in google images, it says that the image can be protected by copyright). I don't know who the problem can be solved, but punish who use image without sell them it's a good idea ;)
Well, Gheburaseye, I found very few people (if any) who really care about the "can be protected by copyright" message. I said that if stock agencies and Google are really commited in protecting the contributors, a technical solution can be found to prevent the indexing of these images who were legally bought, downloaded and then used on the web. Might be as simple as a little flag on the image file header. The same way the movies industry is trying to copy-protect the original DVD's.