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Nov 19, 2013 00:32 |  #16

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I think this is the one he is referring to.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1294114

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Nov 19, 2013 09:52 |  #17

That's awful, I hope you can get some compensation or something...that is so unfair! I also want to set up my own website but this is the reason why I haven't done it yet! I don't want to then find out that someone had been stealing my images for their own personal gain. Is there any way to get protected so that you can actually sleep peacefully at night? I've been thinking about setting up my own website with 1&1 (external link) for some time now but I don't think they offer any protection..I want to start my own business selling my photographs but how do I protect my images? If you have your own website, how do you protect your content effectively?




  
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Nov 21, 2013 04:59 |  #18

JAnderson90 wrote in post #16463572 (external link)
That's awful, I hope you can get some compensation or something...that is so unfair! I also want to set up my own website but this is the reason why I haven't done it yet! I don't want to then find out that someone had been stealing my images for their own personal gain. Is there any way to get protected so that you can actually sleep peacefully at night? I've been thinking about setting up my own website with 1&1 (external link) for some time now but I don't think they offer any protection..I want to start my own business selling my photographs but how do I protect my images? If you have your own website, how do you protect your content effectively?

Paragraphs?

Anyway, putting your images on the web is like leaving your car on the street, there's always a chance someone will steal them. You don't say what kind of photography you want to sell but the rule of thumb is:
event photography; heavily watermark, people will steal these images rather than pay, even if they're watermarked.
Weddings and portraits, make sure you've made your money before anything goes online, blogging I generally use a small watermark, portfolio images should be large and clean - they're your shop window.
fine art; nightmare, it's a balancing act between showing a good enough quality image and ensuring it's not good enough to steal.

Paranoia will do you no good, disabling right click etc will just make people hate your site, just get on with your business as well as you can and consider any image theft a compliment / potential source of further revenue.;)


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Nov 21, 2013 11:12 |  #19

JAnderson90 wrote in post #16463572 (external link)
That's awful, I hope you can get some compensation or something...that is so unfair! I also want to set up my own website but this is the reason why I haven't done it yet! I don't want to then find out that someone had been stealing my images for their own personal gain. Is there any way to get protected so that you can actually sleep peacefully at night? I've been thinking about setting up my own website with 1&1 (external link) for some time now but I don't think they offer any protection..I want to start my own business selling my photographs but how do I protect my images? If you have your own website, how do you protect your content effectively?


You can't do much about it. Flash used to help quite a bit as it was more difficult to steal photographs on Flash sites.
But now, it is all open and all you can do perhaps is to post your logo and hope thieves will know better not to take your images.

I've been dealing with bastards such as Vigor Media for many years. They vaguely apologies and then tell you to let it go.
But this time these idiots had the audacity to tell me "I am pathetic for trying to ruin them"

I posted a review on Yelp,but since yelp is known to delete bad reviews, they deleted this one... Anyone know any other websites where I can post reviews on Vigor Media so that their future clients can read and stay away.


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Nov 22, 2013 10:37 |  #20

Have to filed a small debts lawsuit against them yet? always best way to get your point across is through the pocketbook.

You can try making a complaint to the BBB, but few people check there anymore.


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Nov 22, 2013 12:50 |  #21

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Have to filed a small debts lawsuit against them yet? always best way to get your point across is through the pocketbook.

You can try making a complaint to the BBB, but few people check there anymore.

What's the point of BBB? It's the same thing as yelp,yellopages and other sites that collect reviews and then remove them for a fee. BBB is not affiliated with the government.


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Nov 22, 2013 14:35 |  #22

BBB doesn't remove for a fee. or at least they never used to.

I get your anger/frustration Dmitri, and I, like you, hate when things like this happen. but really your best recourse is cold hard money, what you need to do is win in a court of law.

You need to be careful that you don't go too far in your attempts to paint them as thieves, as it can be liable or slander if you can not prove your charges. - Which it appears you can, but until you do you run the risk of court actions against yourself as well.

End of the day, people search for city name - service name in google, and look for a pretty site, very rarely will the search out reviews for services. so unless you can get to the top of the google search with your reviews it is wasted time that could go toward an eventual payday via the courts.

I wish you luck and hope you do bring and win an action against these guys.

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Jun 29, 2015 15:11 |  #23

Bumping this as Vigor Media thieves now have new website and go under the name of Ring Tail Films.


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Jun 30, 2015 11:46 |  #24

Have you sent this information to Photo Stealers? I know they are fond of outing these sorts of shady businesses.


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Jun 30, 2015 17:29 |  #25

sirquack wrote in post #17615823 (external link)
Have you sent this information to Photo Stealers? I know they are fond of outing these sorts of shady businesses.

Especially the ones that rebrand.


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Jun 30, 2015 23:44 |  #26

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Have you sent this information to Photo Stealers? I know they are fond of outing these sorts of shady businesses.

No I haven't. They never posted anything I sent them in the past so I am not sure I have time to do another submission...


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Jul 01, 2015 01:06 |  #27

Photo Stealers has currently their own set of problems (worse then being called pathetic...)
See here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1432182


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Jul 02, 2015 17:07 |  #28

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Photo Stealers has currently their own set of problems (worse then being called pathetic...)
See here: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1432182

They can sue all the want,but if what was said is true then judge will throw it out. those who steal are thieves, crooks AND scammers


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