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Good insight to the workings of the Daily Mail Online. The link in the story takes you to the full blog. Now you know why there are so few reported sales from them. http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2015/mar/05/my-year-ripping-off-the-web-for-the-daily-mail-by-ex-employee
Photoshelter users be warned. They have introduced Lattice, a Pinterest type "service" with no watermark protection. It took me barely 2 minutes to grab an unwatermarked 1200 x 800 px image. It is yet another opportunity for image theft. You are opted in by default. If you use PhotoShelter and value you your images I suggest you login immediately and opt out. You might also want to share your view on their Blog. I am now taking a hard look at whether I am going to continue using PhotoShelter to store my images as they clearly are not thinking in terms of protecting professional photographers. I will probably cancel my account as soon as I can download my images (although I do have them on my own machines) and rebuild my web site. I was going to redesign it anyway this just moves it to the top of the list.
I was just about to issue a DMCA notice to a WordPress blogger, when I noticed the last statement that I must confirm before issuing the notice: WHAT! So WordPress (http://automattic.com) now require that I have to release all my personal contact information to a stranger who has already proved that they believe themselves to be above the (copyright) law (or at best - and usually more likely - to be ignorant of it), so that I may enforce my rights? Clearly, few copyright owners will want to release personal details to infringers except as a last resort. Are WordPress trying to appease bloggers who believe that everything is/should be free on the Web or are they trying to lower their admin. costs or a little of both? This is something new, no? I certainly do not recall it being there before, and am not sure of it's validity within the bounds of the DMCA. Is this another nail in the coffin of copyright owners retaining ownership of their own work? Are we all expected to roll over and play dead, now? It certainly put me off submitting the form - which is clearly its intention.
I have just had someone use 6 (at least) of my images after I explicitly told him that my pictures were not available for free. He must have taken them from the event organisers web site where they were watermarked with a copyright notice. I will be billing the magazine that used them for full list price based on the calculator on my web site - >£500 plus the administrative time of dealing with the theft. I had a clear agreement in writing with the event organisers that they could only use the supplied images on their online presence and confirmed in a separate follow up email that he cannot expect free pictures. The other point I am trying to clarify whether removal of the watermark is an illegal act in the UK. I realise it strengthen my case that this was deliberate copyright theft. They have not been published anywhere without a watermark. I will be checkinbg that they were not licenced from Alamy but judging by the credit they weren't especially as three are from separate selections I made for the event organiser. Having met the guy I believe he is arrogant enough to believe that he can do anything without repercussions. I was chasing copyright before he was born and have had a heavyweight project management career so have a little experience of fighting my corner.