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Dec 13, 2014 18:43 |  #1

Another scammers and thieves:

Shuttrbug Studio, Lot 1-08,
Wangsa Walk Mall, Wangsa Avenue 9,
Jln Wangsa Maju,
53300 Kuala Lumpur.
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Stole an image of mine and when I asked to remove, they ignored it and told me to fu** off

I filed dmca with google


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Dec 15, 2014 10:10 |  #2
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I see they have an email address. Shuttrbug@gmail.com

I hope no one publishes it in plain text so the spammers get hold of it.

Really not much you can do about this. You can work out how they got hold of your images and try and plug the leak, but a determined image thief is probably going to find a way.




  
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Dec 16, 2014 06:53 |  #3

SuffolkGal wrote in post #17333714 (external link)
Really not much you can do about this.

Actually, there is... maybe. Is the image registered? If not, no - not much you can do other than pursue the "take down" path. But if the image is registered, you can own their business.


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Dec 16, 2014 08:02 |  #4

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #17335535 (external link)
Is the image registered? .

please explain registered?


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Dec 16, 2014 08:05 as a reply to  @ bk2life's post |  #5

Is your copyright registered? http://www.bitlaw.com/​copyright/ (external link)




  
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Dec 16, 2014 12:54 |  #6

OP is from Toronto (Canada), in Canada we do not have to register a photo like you do in the US - there is no similar process, we are simply covered by the Copyright Law the moment we take the photo.

best you can do is file a DRM as the OP did, and if he wishes he can go after the infringer legally, but the fact that they are in Kuala Lumpur makes that a wasted effort.


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Dec 16, 2014 18:34 |  #7

Even if the photographer was in the US, and the image was registered with the US copyright office, and even if the identifying marks were removed, the fact that the infringement is occurring in Malaysia is going to present problems. Unfortunately when it comes to copyright, or other IP, you will have to pursue the infringement in the jurisdiction where it occurred, so in this case through the Malaysian courts, under Malaysian law. I believe that Malaya is a Bern Convention Signatory, so you should at least have some comeback, but it won't be easy.

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Dec 17, 2014 09:27 |  #8

SuffolkGal wrote in post #17333714 (external link)
I see they have an email address. Shuttrbug@gmail.com

I hope no one publishes it in plain text so the spammers get hold of it.

I see what you did there !!!! ;-)a




  
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Dec 24, 2014 08:28 |  #9

If the wedding photo with the Toronto skyline in the background is the photo you're referring to, it looks like you might have some dust on your sensor...


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Dec 24, 2014 22:15 |  #10

Road Dog wrote in post #17348897 (external link)
If the wedding photo with the Toronto skyline in the background is the photo you're referring to, it looks like you might have some dust on your sensor...

Hmmmm..... the link provided in the OP doesn't work for me. Maybe they're gone (or else they're web host is in North Korea ;-)a ).




  
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Jan 29, 2015 19:07 |  #11

their website works. Google refused my DMCA as they aren't getting paid enough to take websites down which THEY HOST.
Now, who do I complain to for refusing DMCA?


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Feb 03, 2015 12:07 as a reply to  @ dmitrim's post |  #12

Think it depends on what you asked them to take down. I think they only have to take down the offending material (such as the specific photo) and don't have to take down the whole website.

If you only asked about the photo, then you might talk to a lawyer in including Google in your copyright infringement lawsuit. Or if you can't get to the infringers legally, then you could go after google itself. It is probably not the smartest idea, but I understand that the host accepts some liability if they refuse a proper DMCA notice.


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Feb 04, 2015 02:04 |  #13

MattPharmD wrote in post #17413572 (external link)
....if they refuse a proper DMCA notice.

Emphasis on the most important point. The DMCA requires that a take down notice be properly formatted in accordance with the guidelines provided in the legislation. You can't just send an email with "DMCA take down, biatches!! Them's mine take em down". If the notice is not properly formatted then the host is under no legal obligation to act on it and you can't sue them for not doing so.

So, question to the OP. Are you sure your DMCA notice was properly formatted in accordance with the legislation.


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Feb 04, 2015 07:52 |  #14

Dan Marchant wrote in post #17414596 (external link)
Emphasis on the most important point. The DMCA requires that a take down notice be properly formatted in accordance with the guidelines provided in the legislation. You can't just send an email with "DMCA take down, biatches!! Them's mine take em down". If the notice is not properly formatted then the host is under no legal obligation to act on it and you can't sue them for not doing so.

So, question to the OP. Are you sure your DMCA notice was properly formatted in accordance with the legislation.

He did say

their website works. Google refused my DMCA as they aren't getting paid enough to take websites down which THEY HOST.

Which leads me to think he wanted the whole website taken down instead of his one photo. My guess is that he didn't do it properly.




  
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