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tim wolcott
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« on: August 04, 2009, 06:14:39 PM »
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It seems the industry that like to make photographs that are backlit and usually move.  Are in the industry of stealing our images.  I recently had a couple come into my gallery and say they have my images on the wall but they are backlit and the water moves.

Since I know, I have not licensed my work in this manner, they are stolen.  What they do is buy an original image thats small and then scan it and add the cheesy elements.

I just released my book, they may have gotten it from that.

So please look into your images, keep looking for them being illegally used.  Type your name into the internet, look under images as keywords and check under the caption moving photographs, backlit photographs.

Its your rights, protect them.  Tim

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2009, 10:27:29 AM »
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Unfortunately, there are those scumbags in this world who have no conscience about stealing someone else's work and making their living off those who work hard.  The truth is that the only way to completely prevent it from happening is to never share our work with anyone.  Truth is that anyone could go out and buy an Ansel Adams print and do the same thing.  All we can do is take precautions and be wary of who we share our work with.  And if we catch them in the act, sue them for every penny they have!
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 03:51:30 PM »
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I was only trying to alert the rest of the readers that they should check this industry because they are always stealing images from us photographers.  Tim
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2009, 04:08:20 PM »
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Unfortunately, it's happened to me as well.  It made me physically sick to my stomach when I discovered it.  Fortunately, I was able to resolve the situation before it went any further.  It's something we all need to be vigilant of.  And unfortunately, in this age of the internet, the problem will only get worse.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009, 03:06:54 PM »
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Quote from: tim wolcott
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Since I know, I have not licensed my work in this manner, they are stolen.  What they do is buy an original image thats small and then scan it and add the cheesy elements.
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Its your rights, protect them.  Tim

As you point out, you don't have to even be on the Internet for this to happen. In fact the only thing you have to do is sell your pictures and be 'famous' enough for people to find something they like. It seems like the only route to avoid this is to either be so famous that people can't get away with it, so unknown that your pictures don't get found or completely unpublished.

I've posted a blog article a while back about some of these issues which came to the conclusion that you do your photographic prospects no good by hiding your pictures, ruining them with a copyright notice or posting them so small people can't see them.

Sorry to hear about your misfortune though..

Tim
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2009, 11:09:30 PM »
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Fortunately for me, I don't have anything good enough that anyone cares to steal it.  
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2009, 07:18:49 AM »
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Theft like this is a nightmare. I've had pictures used without permission by companies I had never even heard of and seen them on the internet, magazine covers, shop window displays, packaging, billboards and even on television. I try to take a reasonable and measured response to copyright infringements of this kind purely to try and preserve my sanity but it does annoy me when I discover well funded companies doing this when they clearly had the option of approaching me to discuss a license for commercial usage, but instead they chose to simply steal the images.
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2009, 09:50:09 PM »
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Yes. indeed it is almost impossible to stop these kinds of infringements. Sadly it is the emerging fact of modern technology.
Arun Gaur

http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com
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