Canonuser123 wrote in post #18610976
That would be insane, I have found my photos re-hosted with copyright stripped out of the EXIF or watermarks cropped off.
What I'm referring to is the new Orphaned Works language that larger companies seem to be trying to push into updated versions of copyright laws around the world. If there is an image floating around online that has no ownership details associated with it, then the thought goes make it PD so that anyone can use it for whatever. So if you like an image, without copyright/ownership details, and a cursory search doesn't suggest an owner, it may be treated as PD. Given how Flickr remove the EXIF copyright notice on resized images, that just leaves any visible copyright notice you might also apply to the image. Personally I normally have a visible copyright notice on my images too, but again they are easy to remove.
Not being a US citizen I see no need to register my images in the US, especially now that I could use the removal of the copyright notice to help with making a worthwhile claim if I am infringed in the US.
One other issue with copyright, and large internet companies is Pinterest. As I understand their system to work, if someone pins any of my images, instead of creating a link to it, which would be legal, they create a copy on their own servers, so that the image cannot be removed/changed by deleting or changing the file at the original URL. What I find really disturbing about Pinterest is that I cannot search their servers for my images without first signing up for an account. I really do not want to do anything at all that will help that company, and signing up with them is a help, as it gives them a tiny little bit of growth in user numbers. With a bit of luck I will be able to go after them using the new EU privacy laws, since if they have any of my images on their servers they are effectively processing my personal data.