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  • Copyright or Copycat?

    by Ellenboughn | 19th of September, 2007

    “If I have seen further (than other men), it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” is a quote attributed to Isaac Newton in reference to his dependency on Galileo’s and Kepler’s work in physics and astronomy. There is certain nobility in giving credit to the... More
  • Meet the Godzilla of copyright infringement: Extended Collective Licensing

    by Achilles | 11th of June, 2014

    Sure by now you have heard about the potential risk of losing control over your images once you upload them on the Internet (on your blog, Facebook/Twitter/G+ page or even by selling them). Here's an older article here that explains how minor changes in layout can generate... More
  • Copyright and infographics

    by Rderven | 23rd of May, 2014

    As editor of the website http:www.start-a-business-faq.com I would like to use some of the fine iconographic templates that I see for sale. The typical template I am talking about is beautifully designed, perhaps has point 1 through 9 in a circle and in place of real... More
  • Nothing but editorials

    by Tempestz | 21st of January, 2014

    One of the easiest ways to sell pictures of people doing things is to submit them as an editorial image because you don't need a model release when used in this context. The alternative is to arrange for a model and set up planned shots. Sometimes, this creates an... More
  • Refused city scapes.

    by Mattiao | 6th of September, 2013

    Dear all, I am a new contributor and I don't understand why many of the pictures of towns I have uploaded have been refused because: " The image contains elements that might be protected by copyright/trademark...". For example most of them were views of the Canal Grande... More
  • How you can become copyright free - learn the industries secrets

    by Nikitu | 3rd of September, 2013

    How many times did you get a rejection because you forgot to remove a license plate, an iPhone button or a tiny artwork on a wall behind you main subject? When shooting people, the protocol is simple (have a model release printed, make sure it's a good general MR or a Dreamstime... More
  • The Low-Down on Legal Language

    by Xixinxing | 30th of August, 2013

    There is a recent trend among agencies to shift the legality requirement to the copyright holder who is sending the work to the agent, aka the photographer. A lot of this is practical. The agent cannot certify that a model/property release is legal since the agent was... More
  • Space Copyrighting!

    by Elianehaykal | 23rd of May, 2013

    Check out this article, not related to photos but to music: The Economist article How interesting was that?! & I loved CHRIS HADFIELD :D More
  • Current Google Controversy

    by Enigmacypher | 18th of January, 2013

    Many of you may be aware of the recent controversy that has come up regarding images provided via Google Drive. If you have not yet heard about this, please do some reading as the outcome may have wide reaching effects throughout the microstock community. In very quick... More
  • Promoting Your Stock Photography - Social Networking Pitfalls

    by Transformx | 16th of December, 2012

    I am new to DT and am pleasantly surprised to see that DT has in place a system for unauthorized usage. This begs the question of how and when to promote your own stock photography on other venues - particularly FaceBook, Twitter and other social networking. If you own... More
  • Fight copyright infringement

    by Dudau | 23rd of November, 2012

    How to report copyright infringement on social media websites By now, you must know about our reporting copyright infringement tool and perhaps you're already familiar with how to spot your images used without license. You should also know that our DMCA tool can be... More
  • Can this be true about Facebook? !

    by Chanevy | 26th of October, 2012

    My friend had this notice on her status, which I did put on my personal timeline. Doesn't seem like it could possibly true, but there have been so many people stealing IP that I thought it couldn't hurt. "You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from... More
  • Plain Stealing

    by Elianehaykal | 26th of October, 2012

    So... I was informed yesterday by a dear friend that my husband's image is posted on Facebook: ArtPics Image It came complete with a "Wow! Please share this photo" description! It was credited to someone else, not to Georges Kyrillos. This was enough to make me... More
  • Blogger goes ape over agency “extortion” letter

    by Alistaircotton | 12th of October, 2012

    Copywriting expert and blogger, Ryan Healy has posted about what he feels are extortionary tactics used by a traditional stock agency to claim damages from images used on websites unlawfully. As a copywriting professional, Healy paints a compelling picture of how he used... More
  • Keep an eye out for your images being used illegally

    by BCritchley | 24th of September, 2012

    I have today carried out a search of my images using Google's image search. Found lots being used with watermarks and subsequently used DT's "report misuse" tab in the management area, you should do the same if you find infringements. One blogger responded me... More
  • Successful Defense of Copyright Violation

    by Lostarts | 8th of June, 2012

    I did a Google Image search early this past week of my ten best selling images and found several instances of them being used illegally. They were on Facebook, Blogspot and two private web sites. In the case of the private web sites, I sent a polite email notifying... More
  • Image misuse can be a very expensive mistake

    by Enigmacypher | 4th of May, 2012

    While browsing the Internet, I came across an article from February 2011 about a company that made a costly mistake when they used an image without permission on their website, and that image was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. This mistake ended up costing the... More
  • Pinterest and Stock Photography

    by Enigmacypher | 26th of April, 2012

    Pinterest is a social networking site that has been gaining a lot of following in recent months. For those of you not familiar with the site, it is basically a place where people share things they have found online with others. It's kind of like bookmarking a page... More
  • 91k Views

    by Mary981 | 31st of December, 2011

    91k views and counting... and only 3 sales. Did an image search and it's being used everywhere with the DT logo right there clear as crystal. Though I'd love to have a sale for each appearance, I admit it's cool to see my image everywhere. Happy New Year to everyone. More
  • Tip: Taking Care with the Use of Brandnames

    by Peanutroaster | 2nd of December, 2011

    Is that business man really giving a "PowerPoint" or is he giving a slide presentation? Is that woman "Googling" or surfing the Internet? Are those really "Lego" in the photo or some other brand of building bricks? Is your dog wearing a "Speedo" or just a very small swim... More

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