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Linda Sandbo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/29/2010
lasstudio.com
 

copyrights


Hello BP, recently I typed in my name on the internet to see how easily someone could locate my website (in case they forgot the site's name). I found my BetterPhoto website, lasstudio.com , and also found a site that my name was used with one of my gallery images. The site was Jigsaw Planet.com... They "somehow" acquired one of my images from my gallery and are using it for a jigsaw puzzle without my approval... I thought that it was not possible to save our images in any fashion , once on our websites. I have not sent that photo to anyone via email, etc. It's only on my laptop and on my BetterPhoto website....
Would like your input on this... thanks in advance... Linda Sandbo www.lasstudio.com


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11/2/2011 11:05:42 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
gregorylagrange.org
  Quite easy to get a photo off a website. Right click or screen capture is all it takes once it's on the internet.
An extreme abbreviated version of what you do with unauthorized use of your photo is to send a cease and desist letter informing them of your knowledge of them using your photo. For actual legal action, you need to actually file your copyright with U.S. copyright office to start with. That really should be done soon after photos are actually created, which is what professionals do with all their photos.
For amateurs or lower level professionals a simple watermark is sometimes all they do, and may be all that's needed to keep photos from being used. You'll find many old threads talking about the same subject. As well as stories that google can bring up about photos taken from flickr and other places used in ads, etc...


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11/2/2011 4:20:33 PM

 
Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
SchoellerPhotos.com
  I'd like to hear a follow up from Linda about this issue. Gregory NAILED it. I've had images lifted from my Flickr account and used without permission for advertising.. Won both cases, cash settlement.

Back to Linda's question: For some reason I also thought right click was disabled on BP.


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11/28/2011 4:38:58 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
chrisbudny.com
  Gregory's right... any photo posted anywhere on the web today, can be "lifted" in a split second, by anyone so inclined.
Right-click is disabled at BP---but screen grab/screen capture functionality is not something BP (or any other website) can prevent. All photos can be lifted from BP---because all photos viewable in a browser anywhere on the web can be lifted. However, a screen grab at BP will only result in an image sized to the actual display size seen when viewing a gallery... ie, 800 pixels long-side.
BP visitors, however, cannot download the actual image file (JPG, TIF) which you uploaded... And since BP doesn't display images larger than 800 pixels on the long side, most BP members I know upload their files already pre-sized down to 800 pixels long---so that they can control/tweak the resizing process, rather than use BP's built-in resizing algorithms.
So even if someone could potentially hack in and reach your original uploaded file on BP's servers, they'd only get that 800 pixel file (same as what they get in screen-grab mode).


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11/28/2011 6:52:54 PM

 
Linda Sandbo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/29/2010
lasstudio.com
  Thomas, as for f/u on this issue I tried to contact the Jigsaw Puzzle website, etc. with no response after several tries... I have a friend that is an attorney that is looking into this for me.. I am currently traveling on our boat and have not had a great deal of time to follow up just yet...It's the principal .. even if they can not use my actual image file.. it is wrong.. anyway you look at it... I thought initially that this was not possible on BP, but as Greg explained it, now I see the light!! If I get it resolved, I will post on BP... Thanks to all of you for your help and support always....


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11/29/2011 2:01:44 PM

 
Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/4/2006
SchoellerPhotos.com
  THX Christopher, wasn't aware they could only grab the 800 pixel viewable file. Basically, useless to anyone except to use possibly for commercial/web or to make a really crummy looking 5x7.

Linda, good to have an attny friend for this. Believe me, the culprit KNOWS they stole the image, as did the fools who stole mine. It's wrong on all levels


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11/29/2011 2:46:49 PM

 
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