losdemas Posted November 16, 2013 Share Posted November 16, 2013 I know that people have differing opinions of social networking sites in general, but esp, relating to their use of imagery. Personally, in the past I have always had any of my images removed from Facebook, Pinterest, etc. when I have found them by filing a DMCA notice online. Now that I have begun to license images through a third party (Alamy) which appear online, things are getting a little more tricky... OK. Alamy (or another agency) license one of your images for online use and the purchaser has an account with Pinterest. The article in which your image is included is (doubtless automatically) posted to their Pinterest page(s). That image is then available to be pinned by the world and his dog, and available from there to passed on to all the dog's friends. What do you do? In the first instance, I don't like the idea that the licensee has entered into an agreement with a third party (in this particular case, Pinterest) to display 'their' content, when that is clearly outside of the licensing agreement. The image is no longer being used purely for editorial use (to illustrate an article) - it is being used for marketing and promotion. Does the licensing acknowledge or reflect this? I sincerely doubt it. Secondly, it now makes my life much more difficult when tracing unauthorised use of my images. If I find my images being used on Pinterest (or any other, similar site), how do I know if the user is someone who has made a genuine license purchase of one of my pictures? Thirdly, those images posted online to social networking sites (or whatever else may appear in the future) are now subject to the vagaries of the T&Cs of those sites, which go way beyond any agreement that either I have made with Alamy or that Alamy have made with the licensee. Lastly, (and the point I wish to ask) is what would (do) you do? If you raise a DCMA against the licensee (intentionally or otherwise), you are likely to upset them and potentially damage the three-way relationship between them, Alamy (or other agency) and yourself. If you leave it, then you leave yourself open to the possibility, no, certainty, of your images being used by multiple unlicensed third parties and the social networking sites attempts at copyright-grabbing etc. <sigh>Am I stuck in the dark ages here?! Should I just sit back and accept that if I I want to make a few bucks, then I should accept all this as par for the course? Am I (in a business sense) being naive, i.e. are the social networking sites actually my friend and will they ultimately help me to license more images?</sigh> I look forward to hearing your views. Thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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