|09-14-2013 01:02 AM|
|09-13-2013 11:33 PM|
|skier16||for those concerned about images their are a number of ways to add a watermark for free. one of the easiest is Free Watermark. Add Custom Watermark. Protect Your Photos and Images - PicMarkr (its a flickr owned url).|
|09-13-2013 11:27 PM|
|Liesje||Also, "sharing" a photo on Facebook is not the same as saving it and then uploading it to your account (stealing). When you share a photo, it still belongs to the owner (assuming whoever posted it first is the owner). If that person removes it, all the shares are gone. Someone created a silly meme with a photo of mine and by the time the DMCA violation was filed there were thousands of shares. When the meme was removed those all disappeared. So "sharing" is fine, IMO that's not stealing. Also sharing is subject to individual permissions. For example, if someone "shares" something of mine, only mutual friends can see it on their wall.|
|09-13-2013 11:24 PM|
Aside from that, generally the burden is on the other person to prove the photo is *theirs*. Typically once the DMCA violation is filed, they remove the photo before Facebook does.
|09-13-2013 11:09 PM|
|Courtney||Out of curiosity how do you prove the pictures are yours?|
|09-13-2013 09:19 PM|
|Cassidy's Mom||A couple of my photos ended up on other FB pages without my permission. FB actually takes that very seriously, so if you ask the other party to remove the photo and they don't, you can report it to FB and they will remove it for you. I've reported photos twice, and they've removed it promptly both times.|
|09-13-2013 08:02 PM|
But just sharing cute viral photos on the Internet is not a big deal to most people. The key is whether someone is using the image for profit. For example, if you post a photo of your dog, and Purina takes it and uses it in an online dog food advertisement without your consent, that is illegal and you can sue. If someone just thinks it's a cute photo and shares it on Facebook, it's still technically illegal, but no one cares.
I have no idea how many of my images are floating around the Internet. I used to regularly do searches in order to find offenders, but that takes time and energy. The big stock photo companies have a whole department on that job, which is why you can't steal those images without getting caught.
|09-13-2013 12:51 AM|
Thank you for all your comments and it was interesting to learn how the photo made its way around the internet. I maybe had the wrong impression that if something was copied for personal use, generally it is OK, but for business use, if one were to make income from its use then needed permission.
My husband got in trouble for taking what he though was a stock photo for his business website. It turned out to be a Getty image and we had to pay them some good money, plus remove it. Getty must really search the internet, the photo my husband used was on a link, that was seldom used or accessed.
|09-13-2013 12:14 AM|
|onyx'girl||I've often used google images for FB photo sharing(birthday greetings mainly)...if they are on the web, they are easily shared. Unless there is a copywrite/no copy it is fair game to whoever. I feel, If I'm putting my photo's on an open page/group/website without watermarks, it is a given they can be copied and shared thruout cyberspace. And I apologize for overstepping, because I have been guilty of it myself(though not for business promotions)|
|09-13-2013 12:09 AM|
|erfunhouse||I use to use Picasa's editor (PicNik???) and they offered a watermark option for all photos|
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