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What would you do if someone stole your cats pictures?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
This person I know stole Cleos pictures and is using them for her website.
She told me she took Cleos pictures and is using them for her websites.
Should I tell her to stop using them.
I quit her group beforee she did this and quit posting there before summer.
post #2 of 27
It depends on what she's using the photos for, I suppose. I would also ask that credit be given to the source of the photos (you, or the breeder, or whoever).
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
She is using them in her cat group and website.
They are pictures I took.
She told me after she used them that she put them on her pages.
post #4 of 27
2 questions... do you care if she uses them? and is she crediting them as your pictures?
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
She is not giving me any credit.
If she gives me credit then it would be ok.
post #6 of 27
I would not be very happy. It is your kitty and she should have asked you first instead of just telling you.

I would ask that she put your name on the pictures becasue YOU took them and not her. Cleo is a beatuiful cat and I can see why she would want pictures of her, but none the less they are not her pictures to use. Especially without your premission.
post #7 of 27
Tell her that then. Those photoes are your intellectual property and with out permission she is (technically) breaking the law providing you can prove they are yours.

I'd nicely tell her that if she is not going to give you credit for the pictures (just a simple "all right reserved by ____" would be adequate) then you don't want her using them and she is violating intellectual property laws if she does not cease and desist immediately!
post #8 of 27
I would be pretty upset if she didn't get my permission. do you have a signature program? Perhaps you could copyright them or have someone do it for you?
post #9 of 27
I'd be furious if someone used my pictures for their website without asking first. That's just so rude of her to do that
post #10 of 27
Cleo is so cute. I would contact them and tell them not to use pictures without your consent. Then to give you credit or take them off immediately.
They are yours. then I would put your name or at least something on all your pictures before posting to groups. But some people can take that off if they really want to do that. It is always a risk you take with sharing your pictures. I have found some I have taken and shared in unexpected places. It happens more than you know sometimes. It is annoying.
Photographers usually get very creative with their sites for this reason.
post #11 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am going to tell her not to use them anymore.
post #12 of 27
Technically speaking, your photos are copyrighted and your property, and what she did is illegal. Some people just don't know that stuff like this is illegal (people scan and print/post photographers pictures ALL the time). Ever see professional pictures on people's myspace or facebook page? Unless they had written permission from the photographer to do that, what they did is illegal. My husband's cousin does it EVERY time she gets her daughter's pictures taken...there is a reason I refused to take pictures for her.
post #13 of 27
Did you use them for a photo competition or anything on her site, you say posting so I am assuming it is a forum.

The photo contests here mean you hand the right of their use over to TCS
post #14 of 27
Thread Starter 
No it was not for any contests or anything like that.
She took it from my myspace.
post #15 of 27
It's lousy but unfortunately once you put a picture on the internet, you no longer have control over it. I suggest watermarking your photos from now on.
post #16 of 27
Aw, that sucks! Perhaps a watermark is a good idea - is she saying Cleo is her cat on the website?
post #17 of 27
sheesh, I'm sorry some body did that to you mews2much.

I had a exhusband who posted this awful picture of me on the web with crosshairs on my picture(let me tell you it was a horrid photo). I don't think there is anything you can do about it but hope for a little karma to go to the ones who do these things.
post #18 of 27
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sheesh, I'm sorry some body did that to you mews2much.

I had a exhusband who posted this awful picture of me on the web with crosshairs on my picture(let me tell you it was a horrid photo). I don't think there is anything you can do about it but hope for a little karma to go to the ones who do these things.
I'm surprised at how I am continually amazed at the horrible, inconsiderate, and mean things people do. I believe in karma, too, sometimes it's all there is to hold on to.
post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 
How do I watermark them?
This same person leeps sending emails asking us to vote for her dogs in a contest also.
She is not getting my vote or my sisters vote.
post #20 of 27
Watermarking is just photoshopping something onto the picture that marks it as "yours", like a signature, or a symbol, or something. Something so that people can't just take it.
post #21 of 27
This woman is just repetitively annoying. She sent me a forward that was totally disgusting. I happened to be eating when I opened it and I wrote her asking her not to send me anymore forwarded emails. She continues to do so. She has taken my sisters photos before and it is just silly when she could easily ask first. I say cut her off. She shouldn't just take your pictures and not even give you credit.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am glad I did not open that email.
post #23 of 27
These are examples of watermarks.







I suggest putting them directly over the subject in the picture, otherwise someone could just crop the picture and remove it.
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
How do I had them?
post #25 of 27
This happens all the time. Once a pic is posted anywhere on the net, it can go anywhere. If you took the photos, you do hold the copyright to them so she IS violating copyright laws by using them without your permission. I would ask her to remove them from her site and point out she's commiting copyright infringement by posting them. Hopefully she'll take them down.
post #26 of 27
I use Photoshop to put watermarks on, but you can download a free photo editing software called Gimp, which I heard is really good. http://gimp.org/downloads/ A simple way to do a watermark is to type over the photo. That is what I do for my husband's pictures for his work. I just type "copyright /company name/ 2008" Before I technically had my photography business, I just put "copyright kara /lastname/ 2008" which you can see in the photo of Gus.
post #27 of 27
I've been teased on a photography forum before for watermarking EVERYTHING, including photos of animals (this is a children's portrait photography forum, though). I figure, though, that I took them and don't want anyone else to claim them as theirs, so I do it regardless. Who knows why someone would want a picture of a bison, a goat, or a deer, but they might, you never know. lol Someone took your pictures of your cat!! That proves my point exactly.





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