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A newspaper stole a photo of mine! Help!

 
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Sep 17, 2007 22:01 |  #1

As the title says, a newspaper stole one of my photos and used it without permission, and didn't even credit me.

I know I have to tell them the consequences, the problem is, I don't know what the consequences should be? This is an issue I've never dealt with before, so I'd ask for some help from a more experienced photographer in here.

Does anyone know what to do in this case?

Here's the evidence:

PHOTOBUCKET EMBEDDING IS DISABLED BY THIS MEMBER.
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PHOTOBUCKET EMBEDDING IS DISABLED BY THIS MEMBER.
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Click the link (if available) below to see the image in a gallery page.

http://i29.photobucket​.com …so/Ron%20Fellow​s/0001.jpg (external link)


Some help would be MUCH appreciated!



  
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Sep 17, 2007 22:19 |  #2

Where'd they get it? Did you have it on a public hosting site? I don't think it's right that they used it without credit even, but I think if you don't want someone to take it, don't make it "public". I put my best images in a private album, so no one will find it when searching.


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Sep 17, 2007 22:21 |  #3

I don't have it public anywhere, and the photos I've got of it on my website, is in a flash gallery with disabled right click, and it has a watermark on, and as you can see, the pic in the newspaper has no watermark!! I really don't know where they got it!?




  
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Sep 17, 2007 22:25 |  #4

The watermark in that area would be easy to clone out.

Even if you disable right-click they could press "Print Screen" and take a screen capture.




  
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Sep 17, 2007 22:31 |  #5

Removing that watermark would only take a skilled fifth-grader about 30 seconds...you need to check with legal counsel in your own country...the copyright laws of the US don't apply in Denmark. Good luck...I hope you are compensated properly.


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Sep 17, 2007 22:35 |  #6

Well it won't help them in their case, if they've removed the watermark. I don't care how easy it would be, they should NOT be doing that, and especially not as a large Danish newspaper, read by many!

The Danish copyright laws is the same as the American, by the way.




  
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Sep 17, 2007 23:14 |  #7

God I hope you have a RAW of it. However, I imagine you being able to come up with a full-res copy and them not would solve the matter pretty quick.


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Sep 17, 2007 23:54 |  #8

Did you enter your name on your camera? So that it shows in the EXIF info?


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Sep 17, 2007 23:57 |  #9

Woolburr wrote in post #3953192 (external link)
Did you enter your name on your camera? So that it shows in the EXIF info?

wow, you can do that? I didnt read that in my manual.....or maybe i skipped that part.....can you do that with the 20D?


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Sep 17, 2007 23:59 |  #10

Send them a bill.


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Sep 18, 2007 00:00 |  #11

The most important question is if the photo has been registered for copyright, and when. If the image was registered before the unauthorized usage the full weight of copyright protection comes into play.


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Sep 18, 2007 00:02 |  #12

craftgirl wrote in post #3953208 (external link)
wow, you can do that? I didnt read that in my manual.....or maybe i skipped that part.....can you do that with the 20D?

Yes you can...you need the Canon software that comes with the camera...hook it up...and type in your name...


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Sep 18, 2007 00:04 |  #13

cool deal Woolburr, Im gonna look into that....asap....


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Sep 18, 2007 09:48 |  #14

Haha, that's a really good idea! Print out an 8x10 (watermarked of course) and send it off with an invoice to the journo who wrote the story saying payment is required within 7 days or it will be taken to court... :lol:

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Sep 18, 2007 10:10 |  #15

Woolburr wrote in post #3953192 (external link)
Did you enter your name on your camera? So that it shows in the EXIF info?

If, as he says, it was download-protected so they needed a print-screen to get it this wouldn't have helped.

breal101 wrote in post #3953220 (external link)
The most important question is if the photo has been registered for copyright, and when. If the image was registered before the unauthorized usage the full weight of copyright protection comes into play.

Unless Danish law differs from US law, the copyright exists regardless of whether the photo's been registered - registering allows you to seek punitive as well as compensatory damages, but even an unregistered creation is eligible for compensatory damages.


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