I have been a longtime lurker and decided the time has come to post. I have enjoyed the wide range of discussions previously and have this to add. Am getting more suspicious of people using my pictures for commercial use without any approval from me. I know this is regularly happening to others (probably a lot more than to me).Note: I have made legit commericial sales here too but it is the undocumented/unknown/"stolen" that I refer to.
I have two instances of unauthorized use which are the tip of the iceberg given the serendipitous manner in which I got to know about them
While these may be mildly annoying uses,they point to how easy we are getting ripped off with almost no protection accept for a little footer banner that can be cropped out by a 7 year old.
A few months back a photo technician from a rather large commercial printer reported to me of a "gentleman" who brought in one of my images (uncropped with my name still on it) for editing and preparation for poster printing!..I guess my name on it made the technician (thumbsup to him) find my email address and send me a email...wow!
I just discovered a rather blatant use of one of my pictures (unauthorized) on a website which appears to be non commericial (it is in another language). While I have have given permission to a host of individuals/non-for-profits/schools/government,I particularly am beginning to get more and more ticked off when I find my work with someone else's name on it!....Perhaps I am just getting crankier but.....
This picture intrigued me 'cos I originally didn't know where I was but after some research from other airliners.net members helped identify the location..Well...Apparently other people like it too..Quite specifically this guy!
My Finnish is not great but i think the webmaster are actually THANKING him for the shot (Can a FINN please help me with translation?)
This is my picture.....
Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu
he put it up here..
see the picture on far right top..Is it not mine?....Pretty freaking amazing to get the clouds to line up perfectly if it ain't mine,eh?
here is the picture page from their website in large size:
well...How about WATERMARKS?...I am sure the administrators have talked/discussed this before but this technology can really help us.Given the voulme of hits,it is a safe bet to assume that this is happaning everyday to you or another photographer here.....sad,eh?
just a thought...
p.s. the funny thing is if he asked me it,i would have given him permission and only asked for photo credit ....