Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:44 AM
If anyone wishes to check if their images have also been stolen, try Google Images
Have two windows open, one with your photograph on and one with Google Images search open. Drag your photograph from one window, into the Google Image Search box and it will search on that image and tell you if that image is being used on any other webpage.
I've had to tackle Olympic Holidays this year as they stole two of my photographs (they admitted it in the end and paid me for the right to use them), several other travel companies have also stolen and used my photographs without permission (on their own websites and on Facebook too). I have learned how to issue DMCA takedown notices in order to get sites to remove the stolen content.
I think it's disgusting that companies will steal photographs rather than taking their own pictures, like they should. I've had to heavily watermark all of the photographs on my own website to try and deter these people. I hate having to do that though, as it looks awful.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:07 PM
I'm very grateful for Google images for people to be able to check to see if their photographs are being used by those who have no rights to use them. Many have told me just to take it as flattery. No, it's theft!!
Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:03 PM
Try sending this to the domain, or find who is hosting it (through a Who IS search) and send to the host of the domain. ( http://www.whois.com/whois/okeanis.nl A WHO IS search of the website you mention shows the host of the website that has stolen your image is http://vevida.com/en
I got this information with one of the first images that I had to get removed from a website. I hope this helps you! Give me a yell if you need any more help, I've had to do this many times now. A DMCA takedown notice can be filled in as follows:
- YOU MUST SUBSTITUTE THE FOUR ITEMS IN [BRACKETS] WITH THE APPROPRIATE INFORMATION. You must also include current contact information, and if available, an email address and phone number. An email address by itself is not sufficient contact information.
- Your notification must include a direct link (URL) to each claim of infringement. We cannot remove documents based on keywords, search terms, titles, author name, cover design, or resemblance to another document.
========== BEGIN SAMPLE DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE ==========
Attn: Copyright Agent, [HOST].
Pursuant to 17 USC 512©(3)(A), this communication serves as a statement that:
- I am [the exclusive rights holder | the duly authorized representative of the exclusive rights holder] for [title of copyrighted material being infringed upon, and, if possible, additional identifying information such as ISBNs, publication dates, etc — or, if the material is a web page, the URL];
- These exclusive rights are being violated by material available upon your site at the following URL(s): [URLs of infringing material];
- I have a good faith belief that the use of this material in such a fashion is not authorized by the copyright holder, the copyright holder's agent, or the law;
- Under penalty of perjury in a United States court of law, I state that the information contained in this notification is accurate, and that I am authorized to act on the behalf of the exclusive rights holder for the material in question;
- I may be contacted by the following methods (include all): [physical address, telephone number, and email address];
[your full legal name]
========== END SAMPLE DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE ==========
Posted 21 August 2013 - 07:28 AM
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