Absolutely correct Ted! That is why I freely give
permission, especially for places like eBay. But sometimes all you need do
is simply "nudge" the offender and things will be made right very
I've had many photos stolen, some by major corporations.
And those are the ones I have gone after. I'd not likely consider
attempting to file a suit for an internet use and don't recommend anyone do
so. But it never hurts to let the offender know you are aware they have
"borrowed" your work without consent.
In the case of eBay, they are very quick to take down the
offering if the photo is unauthorized. I make it a practice to try to deal
with the offender in a kind way first. Only if that fails to I report it
to eBay. And I honestly can't recall a single case where a "reminder"
Others on this board are aware of offenders who have gone to
much greater lengths and gathered many high quality photos without authorization
and attempted to sell them as their own work. In that case, I'd be willing
to cough up the $2000 (or more) just to make them aware I was for
The original intent of my note was to try to make people aware
that just because a photo is on the net does not mean it is in the public
domain. You can't just use it without permission. If you check my
site you'll find all kinds of names given as credit when people loan me a
photo. It is the only descent thing to do!
But you are correct! And the low lifes out there will do
whatever they wish!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2007 10:52
Subject: [Aroid-l] Copyright
First, please understand that
I am NOT a lawyer. I am assuming that others who have opinions on this and
contribute to this list are also not lawyers. Why that is important is that if
you are not a lawyer, your opinion weighs in a lot less, especially if you are
attempting to offer legal advice. At the very least, your opinion carries no
weight. Worse, you might lead someone astray if they try to follow your
advice. Worst of all, you may run afoul of laws about practicing law without a
license. Just keep in mind where you stand.
Second, understand that Steve is right about what a
copyright allows you to do. It allows you to bring a court action. It does not
mean you are going to win. It also does not mean you will be able to collect
even if you do. This is just one of those hard things you need to know these