Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Facebook stealing your images?


Read the terms of use on Facebook. If you post a photo there, they (Facebook), has the right to use the image, or resell the image WITHOUT giving you credit, or any of the proceeds. 
Also should you send that photo to someone else as long as it is on Facebook anywhere they have the right to use it any way they see fit.


         The trend for copying your images and using them without compensation to you as a photographer is growing.  For the larger ones like Facebook, Google.  Corporations are spear heading the act.  Corporations are working on passing the "Orphan Act" Look it up...!

          Ok, not only the website you upload image to, state that when you upload the images, they consider it free for them to use. Then they in turn sell them to third parties commercial enterprises that use your images.  

Facebook for instance: When you upload your images, that process alone will strip your meta data which leave your works "Orphan"   At the same time they have information on how to stop somebody from using your image without your consent to make you feel all warm and cozy.    

         Recently I have shot very nice portraits or pin ups for clients. They put their images up on Facebook, model mayhem etc. Then I get a call from my client telling me that their images have been stolen and put on "My Red Book, Escort Services Websites with somebody else name attach. I have also found other photographers that have used my images on their website and passed them as their own. 

 I have also have found my images on Deviant Art photo gallery. A retouch artist has taken my images and retouched it with graphics and pass the whole image as their own without at least giving me credit for the photo.  Sometime they don't even bother stripping my watermark off the image.

Other Facebook people have copied my image of them or their friends, with my watermark clearly on the image, then post them on facebook.  Without buying the image from me. 

Generally how I found out about my work being used is, Friends, other photographers, clients and their friends find these images and they contact me for help.    

So far these groups are at fault. Facebook at least tells you in their fine print that they may and will use your work. 
  • Facebook, 
  • Model Mayhem, and the like
  • myredbook.com,
  • Deviant Art
  • Escort websites, 
  • Picasso
  • Flickr
  • other photographers who pass their work out as their own...

Put a watermark straight across your image. Downsize to 72 dpi. Do not resharpen when downsizing. The quality of your work should still show thru. 
Now I have to go back and do the same with my images.  
Read the terms of use on Facebook. If you post a photo there, they (Facebook), has the right to use the image, or resell the image WITHOUT giving you credit, or any of the procedes. Also should you send that photo to someone else as long as it is on Facebook anywhere they have the right to use it any way they see fit.

Be very careful what you put up on Facebook. This was a discussion here about two or three months ago.
Posted by Kevin
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