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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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