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Image theft on Facebook
Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 12:37 PM on 11.04.13
->> Hey fellow photographers, I have a question on how to handle a situation. There is a Facebook site related to a football team and they have constantly taken my photos from google images and put it on their site. He seems to think that since he is not making money with the Facebook site and is doing it as a fan he can do it and there is nothing that can be done to him. Since I contacted him he has put my name on his site telling all his followers that the site may be taken down because of me accusing him copyright violations and dang i found out everyone one is a lawyer. I would like some ideas of how to handle this situation.
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Bradley Leeb, Photographer
Champaign | IL | USA | Posted: 12:58 PM on 11.04.13
->> Philip Johnson posted this link on a previous thread I started. It has a great PDF file called, "Excuses, Excuses". Send this person the link to the PDF.

http://www.photoattorney.com/
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 2:12 PM on 11.04.13
->> Avoid the confrontation and just contact Facebook.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 2:22 PM on 11.04.13
->> After sending him the pdf file Excuses Excuses he removed the photos. I will keep this on my desktop.
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Jeff Loy, Photographer
Hurst | TX | USA | Posted: 4:32 PM on 11.04.13
->> Another resource that popped up on one of my feeds today: Copyright Infringement: 5 Myths vs Facts
http://visual.ly/copyright-infringement-5-myths-vs-facts?utm_content=buffer...
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 5:33 PM on 11.04.13
->> I've had to deal with this a few times and Facebook will step in and remove the content, provided you offer up evidence that you took the photos in question. I wasn't sure if they'd be helpful, but it was surprisingly painless.
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Douglas Cottle, Photographer
Tuscola | Illinois | United States | Posted: 9:06 PM on 11.04.13
->> I never put images on Facebook for this reason and many others. I recommend if you do, to place a watermark with your logo right across the middle of the image so if it is swiped, it is free advertising. I personally only use Facebook to backlink to my website. Why give Facebook the thunder? I want them on my site for the SEO and for purchases.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 9:31 PM on 11.04.13
->> Well I dont ever put anything on Facebook, if I want to show some recent work there I ALWAYS post a link to my photoshelter site. The gentleman was taking them off of. Google images. He removed them but my guess is I will find more images of mine with in a month again on his site. So does Facebook just delete the site once they find a site that is using copyrighted material?
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Douglas Cottle, Photographer
Tuscola | Illinois | United States | Posted: 11:51 PM on 11.04.13
->> Marvin,

Facebook, Google +, your own site and anywhere else…Watermark!!!! I hate it too but it is a necessary evil. Copyrighted material has been pirated since the invention of the double deck cassette recorder with your buddy coming over with the latest Motley Crue cassette to make you a copy. You can't stop it, you can only try to contain it. If a kid wants to screen shot one of my images with a watermark and post it on FB, go right ahead. Like I said, free advertising.

I looked at your site and you have small text in the corner of each image. Not good enough to protect your images. No wonder they are being taken. I don't know about you, but I would rather have the piece of mind of having my images protected with a proper watermark and spending my time on things that will help my business grow than trolling the internet finding infringers to take down images of mine. You want an image without a watermark? It's easy. Pay me.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 7:13 PM on 11.05.13
->> Contact info for DMCA takedowns on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/help/www/190268144407210

--Mark
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Sam Santilli, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philippi | WV | USA | Posted: 8:31 AM on 11.06.13
->> Marv, you are so right about watermarks. I have three on each image. I even have parents call and ask me to take it off so they can see if their child's eyes are open. When I check out the image, the watermark 90% of the time is not on the child's face at all.
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