Successful Defense of Copyright Violation

posted on 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 the owner of his/her violation asking for my image to be removed. In both cases, my photos were removed. One of the site owners sent an apology and a sequence of emails letting me know how sorry he was.

© Sebcz (Help)
For Google's Blogspot and for Facebook follow the information below.

To have an image removed from one or more of Google's many services, you should start here: DMCA Notice: How to Complain to Google to Remove Copyright Contents. This form will step you through a series of radio buttons asking qualifying questions.

Specifically, in the case of Google's Blogger.com, you will be led to this page: Report Alleged Copyright Infringement: Blogger where you will be asked about ownership, URL location of authorized use of your image, description of image and URL location of unauthorized use of your image. Don't forget to use complete URLs and to check the two boxes.

Immediately, I received a confirming email that their team received my complaint and within twelve hours, I received notice that my image had been removed from the Blogger's site.

In the case of Facebook, it can be a bit confusing navigating through their set of questions, FAQs and information ultimately leading to their form link. I'll save you some frustration. The link is: Reporting a Violation/Infringement of your Rights. Click the Copyright box and it will open a set of questions about your photo. Then just click Send. You will quickly receive a confirmation email from Facebook. Within twelve hours of making my complaint, my image was removed from the offending Facebook account.

So, happily (and unexpectedly quick) I was able to protect my images. It appears that Google and Facebook take copyright violation as a very serious matter.

Comments (31)

Posted by Chaggar on September 12, 2012
Hi, All,
I am new to this site. I am wondering why people would buy photos on this site when one could google almost any image and quite similar. Doesn't Google make it hard to sell photos on this site?
Posted by Rosseels on June 15, 2012
Thank you for this useful information. I had a pic with watermark removed from a Facebook site within 24 hours. Fantastic!
Posted by Cleaper on June 15, 2012
Really useful blog - thank you for the info!
Posted by Lostarts on June 14, 2012
Hi Coraldesign. If stupidity was a crime, then all the jails around the world would not be enough to hold all the stupid people. Anyone using an image that is not theirs and that they did not pay for must realize that they are using property that does not belong to them. It's like taking any piece of property, if it ain't yours, then it ain't yours and it's stealing.
Posted by Coraldesign on June 14, 2012
Thanks Lostarts, that makes sense now, but I couldn't imagine anyone can be so stupid to use a watermarked image in their website. I've seen many cases where images were retouched to remove that watermark (they were all low resolution images anyway) but none being used as it is and more than that - keeping the original file name. However, most of the Facebook users know nothing about copyright and watermarking. I think the main source for the stolen images is Google Image search engine itself. All images in there appear with the watermark on and it's really easy for someone to copy the image directly from there after a simple image search operation, without the need to come over to DT to get the image.
Posted by Lostarts on June 13, 2012
Thanks, Vwimage. Favor? Click the button that says "useful" way up in the right hand corner.
Posted by Vwimage on June 13, 2012
Excellent information and great to see how quickly the images were removed. I have seen several of mine with the Dreamstime logo still on, so will follow this up to have them removed. Thanks :)
Posted by Lostarts on June 13, 2012
Tim, that's great news for me to hear. Makes me have the feeling I contributed something worthwhile to the community. Thanks!!!!!
Posted by THPStock on June 13, 2012
Thanks for this post, motivated me to have a look and I successfully got some images removed that were stolen - not just from me but from other DT photogs!
Posted by Lostarts on June 13, 2012
It's easy to know if an image is being used without proper rights. If you see the watermark, it's being used improperly.
Posted by Coraldesign on June 13, 2012
How can you know for sure that the images are being used without proper rights, especially for images that have many downloads? Is there a way we can know the intended use of a downloaded image? I didn't find this feature on any stock website.
Posted by Nero67 on June 13, 2012
Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by Thevegetable on June 12, 2012
Thanks for sharing... :)
Posted by Ifeelstock on June 12, 2012
Great article! Thank you!
Also thank you for using one of my image:)
Posted by Grafvision on June 11, 2012
Thanks for sharing..:)
Posted by Lostarts on June 11, 2012
Thank you, Adeliepenguin.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on June 11, 2012
Great blog--thanks for sharing!
Posted by Lostarts on June 11, 2012
Babar, here is how I do it.
Right-click an image on the web

To search by image, download the Chrome extension or the Firefox extension. With the extension installed, simply right-click an image to search Google with that image. You can get the extension here: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html
Posted by Babar760 on June 11, 2012
Hi Lostarts,
Being not very computer literate, I'd like to know how you google one of your pictures!
Posted by Parkinsonsniper on June 11, 2012
Great information here. Thanks for sharing
Posted by Lostarts on June 11, 2012
Alvera, I'm still thinking about it ... don't know yet but I don't like Pinterest at all.
Posted by Alvera on June 11, 2012
how about Pinterest? :)
Posted by Lostarts on June 11, 2012
Thank you, everyone.
Posted by Alvera on June 11, 2012
I used button USEFUL for your post, thank you
Posted by Lostarts on June 11, 2012
In case you are not aware of them, here are two places to look for a domain host http://www.whois.com/whois/ and http://instantdomainsearch.com/. There are others if you Google on "find domain name host".
Posted by Rosedarc on June 10, 2012
Dreamstime have also often successfully managed to get an image of mine removed from a website; unfortunately in some occasions people don't react and if there is no information on the web about their host, it's very frustrating.
Posted by Rigsby8131 on June 09, 2012
Excellent blog with really useful information. Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by M4rio1979 on June 09, 2012
Thanks a lot for this info
Posted by Physi28 on June 09, 2012
thanks for your post, this is important and useful info for all of us!
Posted by Egomezta on June 09, 2012
Thanks for sharing this great info.

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