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Someone claiming copyright on my image


Mjhearne e2
8 432 4 Scotland
23 Feb 2009 3:59PM
Any advice on this would be appreciated. If someone uses one of my images on their website and then claim they own copyright what can I do?? Forgive me for being naive but is this allowed?? They are not claiming they took the pic. But say they own copyright. Would have much prefered the person to speak to me and ask permission to use it. Very un-educated in this repsect and feeling bit hacked off.

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Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
23 Feb 2009 4:00PM
No, it is not allowed.
You can contact them to ask them remove it.
john64 e2
10 824 England
23 Feb 2009 4:04PM
The copyright is yours unless you signed it over. If someone has displayed the picture on their site, you're quite within your rights to ask for payment or removal. I would also ask them why they think they own the copyright.
Mjhearne e2
8 432 4 Scotland
23 Feb 2009 4:06PM
Thanks Guys. If the person had credited the work I wouldnt feel so bad. But to use the image and not ask permission - then cherry on cake, claiming copyright!! AAARRGHH!
f8 e2
11 9.2k 22 England
23 Feb 2009 4:10PM
It seems as if you must prove copyright, they are making the money your not!!!
Henchard e2
9 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2009 4:10PM
Copyright is yours by default unless you assigned it to someone else.

Link to a good resource
Mjhearne e2
8 432 4 Scotland
23 Feb 2009 4:16PM
Thanks again. I guess I should be flattered they have chosen to show my image, but what worth is it, if people dont know that I didnt take the image.
Kris_Dutson e2
12 8.2k 1 England
23 Feb 2009 4:28PM

Quote:Link to a good resource


LOL

I just tried to cut and paste a quote from that link but it warns me it's copyrighted.
BOB S e2
12 2.6k
23 Feb 2009 5:12PM

Quote:if people dont know that I didnt take the image


Work that one out if you can !

BOB
Mjhearne e2
8 432 4 Scotland
23 Feb 2009 7:27PM
Whoops!!


Quote:Quote:if people dont know that I didnt take the imageWork that one out if you can !

BOB



That i DID take the image! Me, it was me!!
mark_delta e2
7 1.3k
23 Feb 2009 8:25PM
has it been posted on a social network site or similar where you automatically assign your copyright to the site, which would give them the right to sell the said copyrights to a third party ?
list of known copyright grabbers please feel free to add
my space
facebook
BBC your pics
Sky News
All local newspapers owned by johnson media
john64 e2
10 824 England
23 Feb 2009 8:32PM
This is another damn good reason to shoot in raw. Someone might take a copy of a picture I've put up on the net, but they're going to be jpgs.

I'm always in possession of the only raw copies in existence.
redsnappa e2
12 2.0k United Kingdom
23 Feb 2009 8:54PM
name and shame so that no one else suffers the same fate from that website.
julesm 10 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2009 8:58PM

Quote:The copyright is yours unless you signed it over. If someone has displayed the picture on their site, you're quite within your rights to ask for payment or removal. I would also ask them why they think they own the copyright.


Actually, I wouldnt even give them the choice. I'd demand they remove it then prosecute. This is what image libraries do and no amount of "I'm sorry I didnt realise, I'll stop using it" will do.

Dont know how practical it is to do, but whats the point in copyright if you cannot protect it. I wouldnt give them a choice.


Jules
DannyLenihan 6 213 19 England
26 Feb 2009 8:59AM

Quote:No, it is not allowed.
You can contact them to ask them remove it.



Sod that. Send them an invoice and a "cease and desist" letter, then take them to court.

Or don't.

Assuming you took the photography, and you weren't in their employ at the time and taking the photograph for them, then the copyright belongs to you and they are breaking the law.

Have you checked to see if someone else has uploaded it to IStock or Alamy and the company in question bought it in good faith?

Small claims court costs 34 to file. Invoice for a 1000 and they'll probably assume it's cheaper to pay than litigate.

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