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Question On My Used Photo In Two Websites!

Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:57 pm

Dear All,

I was looking at "Links to your Photos" section of my photos, which I have noticed that two news websites have used one of my photos, without mentioning my name or even contacting me. I have noticed that the author of the two reports is one person and he has posted his news into two different website. This is the first time I am coming across with such a thing. My question is shouldn't legally the author of that report or website contacted me? Or at least put my name there? Is there anything I can do? or this is not a series matter to be worried about? Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks and regards,

PS : The websites are:


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RE: Question On My Used Photo In Two Websites!

Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:18 pm

Hello Mehdi.

As the owner of the copyright for the image you should expect to be approached by anyone wishing to make any use of your image - even if not for financial gain (other than that stipulated by the site - e.g. downloading it as a desktop).

You could make an issue of this if you wished on that basis alone, as it is breach of that copyright. On the other hand, at least the image is directly linking to your image here on the site. Sometimes people just copy the photo, crop the copyright bar off the bottom, and then use it, so that there is no indication at all where it came from or who the photographer is. I think sometimes people link photos here without realising they are breaching copyright. That may not be comforting enough for you - it's your call. I am no legal expert, but technically I think I am correct that the law would be on your side.

All the best.

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RE: Question On My Used Photo In Two Websites!

Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:07 pm

I would say because the pic is hotlinked it's no problem. The only problem I see that he used your pic as thumbnail without any asking and displaying of your name and even on the thumbnail the copyright bar is cropped out. At first do some some screenshots and then contact the author.

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RE: Question On My Used Photo In Two Websites!

Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:16 pm


Please allow me to chime in with a similar issue I´m dealing with right now.  ashamed 
An airline used my photo on its website and didn´t even contact me for usage permission. I´m planning on initiating legal actions, in order to get compensation for this act, but I don´t know how much to ask for. The site charges for its pics, in general, US$ 440.00 for this kind of usage (for airplane pics).

You can see the previous thread I opened here : I Need Your Help On A Stolen Pic (by Lanas Dec 20 2007 in Aviation Photography)

Can you give me a hand on this? Thank you very much!!!  bigthumbsup 

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