What do you do when someone steals your content?

As the number of websites and blogs grow, so does the demand for content.  Images are especially vulnerable, and are taken on a regular basis from websites, galleries, and blogs. What can you do?

I wrote about this months ago, following theft of one of my images, only discovered by accident, after another person had formally requested use of it.  Only this week, I have discovered images being used in two other locations – one a small site administered by an individual – on behalf of a community association.  This ended well, with not only the offer of advertising on the site, but a fee was agreed and paid within 48 hours of the image being discovered.

The other was on a much larger corporate site – where the site owner happily admitted to taking the image, thinking that it was copyright to the local authority, therefore it didn’t matter that the image was stolen.  Even after I explained that the image was not being used by the Authority in question, the site owner prevaricated and stated that they had no budget for images, so they had to take them where they could.  At the moment, I am still waiting for either the image to be removed, or a fee to be paid.

This site is a great resource (and from where I got these free red and blue buttons) LORELLE ON WORDPRESS I can only emphasise that it’s not a matter of ‘if’ your content gets used, it’s a matter of ‘when’.  So have a read, and when you get content stolen, you’ll have a better idea of how to deal with it.

The question is – do you want your images or content help someone else earn money without your permission ?  Think about it ?

Google and Photovine

Even though there are loads of photo sharing sites on the internet, it looks like there is always space for one more. Google, it seems, has applied for the trade name ‘Photovine’. This seems to imply that it’s going to expand beyond what it already does with Picassa. The application for Photovine is for “communication services, transmission of visual images and data”.

Google seems to have bought ‘Photovine.com’ – so is it getting ready to add photo storage to it’s already massive range of products? We’ll have to wait and see.

Life Through a Lens

On Tuesday – June 7th – this article appeared in the Independent Newspaper

Life Through a Lens  I read the whole thing through twice, and came the conclusion that I agree with everything said.

I have a dislike of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter – though I can see some uses for them.  I  do however, find the need of people to tell us where they are every few hours irritating.  Not only though do they tell us, but they back it up with pictures taken on their phones.  It seems to tie in with the need to have ‘friends’ ..  or ‘followers’ – and if you take out the business element (and I can see some use here) what are you left with?

I know things like Facebook are a great way to keep in touch with people you don’t see often, but why do people feel the need to leave a message for someone they are likely to see in the next few hours.

Never mind – I’m off for lunch now !  Shall I post a photo ?  🙂