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post #1 of 18
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A number of sites here in Germany, including eBay, are being combed by a bunch of lawyers looking for copyrighted photos. Those "caught" posting copyrighted photos are being sent letters demanding €250 in damages, and €256 in lawyers' fees (€1 = $1.20) per photo, and it's legit. The action is reportedly international. Please: If you didn't take the photo personally, don't post it!

Link: http://www.frag-einen-anwalt.de/Copy...ay__f8621.html
post #2 of 18
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post #3 of 18
Interesting. Thanks for the heads up, Tricia.
post #4 of 18
Thanks for letting everyone know, Tricia!

I'm pretty careful anyway, as I would be devastated to find that someone was using my images!
post #5 of 18
I wonder if you'd still get in trouble if you acknowledged the copyright? For example, on our webpage we have a picture of Bast painted by Rowena Morrill. Underneath it, I have the name of the image and a note indicating it is copyright Rowena Morrill.
post #6 of 18
As far as I know even if you acknowledge copyright. You need permission off the copyright holder to use the images as they may not agree with there usage.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by xDx
As far as I know even if you acknowledge copyright. You need permission off the copyright holder to use the images as they may not agree with there usage.
They may also want to charge you for the privilege of using the image!
post #8 of 18
I just found Rowena's personal website and sent her an email asking her if I may continue to use her image. I included a link to the webpage so she can see what we're about. Keeping my fingers crossed that she's ok with it, as I adore the image!! She's an incredibly talented artist.
post #9 of 18
they do anything to make money
post #10 of 18
Can we still post the link that goes directly to the website tho?
post #11 of 18
The link is OK, because you haven't lifted the artist's work and put it somewhere else, but are simply giving directions so others can find it.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47
The link is OK, because you haven't lifted the artist's work and put it somewhere else, but are simply giving directions so others can find it.
Awesome- thanks!
post #13 of 18
A good rule of thumb-

If you didn't write it, DON'T post it
If you didn't draw it- DON'T post it
If you didn't take the photo DON'T post it

If you did write/draw/take photo and you do post it, be aware that someone else can easily steal it without your knowledge.

I wrote a poem some years back about the healing therapy of horses and posted it on a private horse board. Weeks later, that poem had traveled (and is still is traveling) all over the internet. Ending up in newsletters for horse people, websites, you name it. Sometimes with my name attached, sometimes with Author Unknown

It is infuriating really that so many people think that just because they see it on the Internet, it is free for the taking. Because it isn't.
post #14 of 18
I agree with you fwan!
post #15 of 18
Isn't there something you can do to your picture so others can't take it? I don't know how you do it, but it prevents people from right clicking it; therefore, saving it to their computer.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kiaira
Isn't there something you can do to your picture so others can't take it? I don't know how you do it, but it prevents people from right clicking it; therefore, saving it to their computer.
That's something in the HTML code of the website. However, even with that it's easy to get around if you REALLY want to save that image. Watermarking your pics is another way to try to protect them, but for the most part those aren't too hard to remove with a little time and effort in Photoshop.

Most people aren't maliciously stealing images, artwork or writing, but trying to share something they saw or got in an email. Most people just don't actually stop and think about the person who took the picture, created the artwork or wrote the poem, or about Copyright. Somehow it has gotten into the collective brain that if it's on the internet it is free access and use, when that is really not the case at all.
post #17 of 18
This thread brings to mind questions I have that relate to copyright law..

I'm an artist currently working on a portrait of a football player.
There are alot of logos on him of course, from the team logo & the NFL logo to the logos on the helmet & football. He is legally bought & sold all over the place. I have to use other people's photographs to copy to create this art.
Could I get into big trouble for selling this art? What if I decided to have nice prints made & sell them, probably over the internet?
Blurring the logos in my art is out of the question, I am very anal about every little detail.
I'm sorry if I hijacked the thread, if anyone has any thoughts on this that they don't want to reply to here, can you send me a PM?
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by valanhb
That's something in the HTML code of the website. However, even with that it's easy to get around if you REALLY want to save that image. Watermarking your pics is another way to try to protect them, but for the most part those aren't too hard to remove with a little time and effort in Photoshop.

Most people aren't maliciously stealing images, artwork or writing, but trying to share something they saw or got in an email. Most people just don't actually stop and think about the person who took the picture, created the artwork or wrote the poem, or about Copyright. Somehow it has gotten into the collective brain that if it's on the internet it is free access and use, when that is really not the case at all.
Thanks for clarifying the right click thing for me Valanhb...I wasn't really sure how well it worked, if at all.
In the past, I wanted to share some of my photos before (on another board), but was reluctant to do so in fear that someone would take and use them somewhere else. I have just heard too many horrible stories regarding stolen pictures...
When I found out about being able to prevent people from right clicking the image, I thought I should ask about it just in case. I should have known that method still wouldn't have been safe as most people who know a lot about computers and are determined to get a certain picture, will find a way to get it one way or another.
Thanks again.
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