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Re: [Aroid-l] Copyright

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 quickly.
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" didn't work.
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 real.
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!
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 02, 2007 10:52 AM
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 days.

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