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Copyright Infringement


stevenr 11 9
21 Jan 2006 5:00PM
I have been informed recently that someone has stolen 2 images from my website and has posted them as his own:

My images:
http://www.pbase.com/nodfather/image/7882260
http://www.pbase.com/nodfather/image/32063398

Stolen images:
http://www.piczo.com/stevanhogg?g=2177304&cr=1
http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/gallery/features/start/51/tags/Scotland/

Although it appears that this person is not using it to any obvious commercial advantage, I am most angered that he has "copyrighted" these images as his own, both watermarking his name at the bottom of the images, and displaying a copyright notice at the foot of the webpage- he is thus well aware of copyright laws.
I have been unaware until now of this theft happening to me, so I am not sure what action to take- in light of him displaying his own copyright notice, I feel there should be more punishment than merely asking him to remove the pictures from his website. I would be interested to know what anyone else thinks?
Cheers,
Steven

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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
21 Jan 2006 6:52PM
Just as an opening point, I assume you can prove the photos are yours?

Otherwise he could say that you'd pinched them from him!
foxybrown 9 368
21 Jan 2006 7:50PM
i think you CAN prove its yours, you have the full resolution files and the culprit does NOT
21 Jan 2006 8:59PM
Email him an invoice for unauthorised use ...
MikeFisher 9 202 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2006 9:58PM
From the site hosts Terms and Conditions

Quote:6.4 If you are aware of any possible misuse of this Website or any other actions or content which might be in breach of these Terms, please contact abuse@travellerspoint.com.


As said in the post above , but email it to the site host to pass on to him!
roxpix 11 2.2k 11 Scotland
21 Jan 2006 11:34PM
A quick Google search under the other name throws up some intresting results, these pics appear on a number of diff websites.





As a side issue,
I didn't realise ther were so many photo sites out there, I guess I stopped looking after I found this one Smile
DanSig e2
10 288 Iceland
22 Jan 2006 12:27AM
I would hava a lawyer send him a bill with a warning that he will be prosecuted for copyright violation if he doesn't pay the bill and remove the images. but remember to save his webpages for evidence before you send the bill.
22 Jan 2006 12:29AM
Having a lawer send the bill would cost, better send it yourself then if nothing happens, call in a lawer, or failing that the local Small Claims Court
Tooth e2
9 5.8k 227 Ireland
22 Jan 2006 1:55AM
How about ordering a large size print of it?
jazzygf e2
11 537 Scotland
22 Jan 2006 2:04AM
email them try to buy a larger version of it offer them cash then you have them by the b***s
22 Jan 2006 2:17AM
You could log on to "travellerspoint.com" and contact Steven Hogg, user name "acelazer" via this web site ... and call him a thief
daviewat 11 4.1k Scotland
22 Jan 2006 2:36AM
He seems to be quite some cookie found 2 of my images there !!!!!!!! from the Pitlochry album he has. They are piss poor images i took when working at the hostel there.

Must be a sad wee man Smile)

Dave
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
22 Jan 2006 2:57AM
I get the impression froom some of the pros on here that they are pretty laid back about this type of thing and that - beyond asking the chap to remove the pics - would not bother overly about the "punishment" aspect.

Agree with Dave....definitely a saddo!
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2006 3:02AM
A sad wee man indeed.
After looking at his website it is obvious that most of the shots are dubious. The website itself is very poor.
I would be inclined to contact him directly. Any action in the courts is costly and no doubt he or she knows that. Reporting to ravellerspoint may help while I see this person just moving on elsewhere. Probably has no sense of guilt and sees no harm in it while on the ego trip, hardly think there is any understanding of copyright laws although there is no commercial reference on the site.

We could all deluge him with emails offering images for a fee of any old crap.
Here he is.

Could never understand this practice that many use in these days of websites. It existed many years ago with prints aquired by one means or another for club print battles and comps.
Ken.
stevenr 11 9
22 Jan 2006 3:10AM
Thanks for your interesting replies. I find it incredible that people are so naive to think they can get away with this- after all there are not that many pictures of "Loch Lubnaig" out there, and most people know how to do a Google Images search these days. I am tempted to send Mr Hogg a postcard from his own site,

http://www.travellerspoint.com/pcsendcard.cfm?PhotoID=1979

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