I don't know of you have done this, but it can be very interesting going to the 'Links to your Photos' section in 'My Photos', to see the range of external links made to your shots on A.net.
I recently did this, and discovered that one of my photos was being used on the front page of this site. Now when I click on this link it produces the page with this photo featuring largely:
Photo © Paul Markman
I would be very interested to hear if this is the same photo you see when you follow that link.
Anyway - I took a screen shot and wrote to them - politely - expressing my dissatisfaction that my photo had been used without my permission, and that such usage was a breach of copyright. They did reply - politely - saying that they could not identify which photo of mine I was claiming they had inappropriately used. However, the author also said that should it be the case that they had used my photo they would either remove it or pay a fee.
I then wrote back and attached a screen shot with my photo featuring. I soon received another response, apologising for the use of the photo, but also saying that I was looking at an old version of their website, which related to a company to which they have now severed links. He suggested that the reason I was seeing my photo was to do with my ISP using a proxy server that has the old link still. If I had any other queries please get in touch.
I have to admit all the talk of proxy servers leaves me a bit in the dark, but the bottom line was still that at one point they had clearly used my photo. But at least they had apologised.
This was yesterday and I have not responded - I am certainly in no mood for taking a company on in any big way.
However, I have woken this morning to receive another email from another member of the company - also a pilot - asking for proof that I am the author of this photo and that I am a registered photographer holding authorisation from Manchester airport and the airline in question to take such pictures for commercial use. He also told me that if he found someone taking an 'unauthorised' photo of a plane he is piloting he would file a complaint with the relevant airport authorities.
I must admit I was rather surprised by this.
Does anyone have any comment on this story? I have read with interest others' threads about conflicts following use of photos from here, and I thought it would be useful for the site to have a clear statement on how to advise photographers (who, like me, are not well versed in selling their photos and dealing with commercial issues) how to handle such instances.
Thanks for any input.