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|| News Item: Posted 1999-03-07

New Image Search Engine Steals Copyright?
By Seth Resnick

A new image search engine on the web has caused a stir on several photo lists recently. While image search engines are nothing new, the fears of unlawful use of images is becoming more of a problem as both commercial and "fan"-type web sites liberally lift images every day without gaining permission or paying for them.

Amid all of the usual chest beating and hyperbole one finds on these photo lists there was one voice of reason and common sense.

Commercial photographer Seth Resnick has graciously allowed Sports Shooter to reprint his posts on one of the photo lists:

Have you heard about Arriba Vista? It's a new image search engine that helps users find images' by borrowing them from the web. The URL is If you have a website you may find your copyrighted images on Arriba Vista free to download.

This seems like a good idea. The images are way too small to do anything at all with them. And if you click on one and go to the website, what's wrong with that?

I would like to point out several issues regarding all of the posts about Arriba Vista. All of you should check and see if any images appear. If they do you need to contact:
Whitney McGinnis
Arriba Soft Corporation
Customer Support

I wrote them the following letter and they responded within 10 minutes.
Dear Sirs:
Several of my copyright registered images are appearing without authorization via a search of your site for "Resnick". The images must be removed from your search engine within 24hours. Failure to comply will result in the immediate filing of copyright infringement precedings. Please contact me at or via or (617) 277-4920.

All photographs and text appearing in the Seth Resnick Photography site are the exclusive property of Seth Resnick and are protected under United States and international copyright laws. The photographs MAY NOT BE DOWNLOADED reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated projected, used or altered in any way, including without limitation any digitalization or synthesizing of the images, alone or with any other material, by use of
computer or other electronic means or any other method or means now or hereafter known, without the written permission of Seth Resnick and payment of a fee or arrangement thereof.

No images are within Public Domain. Use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration is a violation of copyright. By entering this site you are agreeing to be bound by the terms of this agreement. Entrance to site is expressly on these conditions which embodies all of the understandings and obligations between the parties hereto.
Seth Resnick
CC.: Jonathan Feigenbaum ESQ.

All of my images were removed within 10 minutes. I am still proceeding with legal research to see if an infringement suit can be filed. I will keep the list informed. In the meanwhile please keep a few things in mind. First this engine and others like it including Alta Vistas image system work by locating the name of the image. They search only for the physical name ie. sethresfeatherstone1.jpg.

If you make sure that your image names don't necessarily correspond to the subject and further give your image names an obscure name than these engines won't find your images.

Second I want to address the common misnomer that small images are worthless. This simply is not true. Anyone who has attended my lectures will be able to testify that in fact images from the web can be suitable even for high end print. Number one all of the 72 dpi images are suitable for web sites and a wide array of multimedia projects.

Second many of you post small images which you click on and see a large image. Well that 6 x 9 72 dpi image becomes a 300 dpi image when it is saved at a smaller size in PhotoShop. 300 dpi is standard for print.
Best, Seth

(Seth Resnick can be reach at (617) 277-4920 in Boston; email:; Seth Resnick Photography web site:

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