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How to prove a picture is mine


Britman 8 1.7k England
15 Jan 2013 2:40PM
Hey,
I've found a picture of mine is being used without permission on a Blog, hosted on blogger.com, the blog doesn't have any direct contact details I submitted a DMCA via Google. But now they've got back to me saying they need better proof that I am the copyright owner of the picture.

What's the best way? Upload the raw file and send them a link?

Thanks.

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Jan 2013 3:42PM
Is the picture here on EPZ, if it is the surely it will be for the other side to prove its there`s.
zan 7 62 Scotland
15 Jan 2013 3:43PM
I would ask google what proof they'd accept before you send the raw file away. The fact that it's in your possession is all that says it's yours, so if you upload it to the web you may leave it open to being nicked.

I'm sure they have procedures for this, just see what they say.
Britman 8 1.7k England
15 Jan 2013 3:44PM
Hi Paul,
It's not on here but on my website, I sent them a link to it.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Jan 2013 3:51PM
Has it been hot linked, opposed to being copied and pasted.
Britman 8 1.7k England
15 Jan 2013 3:54PM
It's been taken and uploaded to blogger.
collywobles 10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 3:56PM

Quote:How to prove a picture is mine


Its all in the exif data, When it was taken, what camera took it (serial number. make & model) , exposure details - its all there and if you can prove you own the camera I'd say thats proof enough.
Britman 8 1.7k England
15 Jan 2013 4:02PM
Thing is, all exif data has been stripped from the stolen picture.
I have emailed Google back, but don't expect a quick reply.
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
15 Jan 2013 4:13PM

Quote:Thing is, all exif data has been stripped from the stolen picture.
I have emailed Google back, but don't expect a quick reply.



That shouldn't matter. So long as you have the exif data with your picture that should prove it was you who took it.
Britman 8 1.7k England
15 Jan 2013 4:20PM

Quote:Thing is, all exif data has been stripped from the stolen picture.
I have emailed Google back, but don't expect a quick reply.

That shouldn't matter. So long as you have the exif data with your picture that should prove it was you who took it.



So I thought too.
andart 12 491 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 4:30PM
talking abut stealing things - you havent stolen your avatar from AP's 'what the duck' have you?
Britman 8 1.7k England
15 Jan 2013 4:50PM

Quote:Talking abut stealing things - you havent stolen your avatar from AP's 'what the duck' have you?


Fair point sir.
And that prompted me to contact Aaron and he is fine with it. However I have now changed it to be inline with the rest of my social media avatars.
Britman 8 1.7k England
16 Jan 2013 2:35PM
Well this is what I've got back from Google, I have a feeling they want evidence that the picture has been registered at the US Copyright Office.


Quote:Under U.S. law, copyright in a photograph is generally owned by the photographer, unless the photographer took the photo as part of his responsibilities as an employee (in which case the image belongs to the employer), or the photographer entered into a written agreement to transfer the rights to the photograph to someone else. Therefore, a person who is the subject of a photograph is almost never the owner of the copyright of the image (unless the person has obtained the rights to the image in a written agreement). If you still believe you are the copyright owner in this case, then please reply to this e-mail with documentation that confirms you are the rights holder for this content. Otherwise we cannot process your complaint, and you should have the copyright owner file a DMCA notice with us.
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 2:41PM

Quote:I have a feeling they want evidence that the picture has been registered at the US Copyright Office.




I don't see that from what you have posted. To me what they are saying is pretty much the same as the law here. If you can prove you are the original photographer, ie copyright holder, then send them the evidence & they'll take the appropriate action.
GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
16 Jan 2013 4:04PM
As a Brit you can't register at the US Copyright Office, which is an action that bolsters protection for Americans under their law. Part of their response appears to suggest that you are actually in the image? That would make you less likely to be the owner of copyright.

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