Jump to content

Recommended Posts

I've discovered some of my stock images available for free on onlyimage.com

 

They appear to have been swiped -- complete with intact watermarks -- from my PhotoShelter website. Has anyone else had the same problem with this outfit?

 

Update: Some of the images (of which I'm finding more and more) might also have been stolen from PhotographersDirect.

Edited by John Mitchell

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It seems most of the free stuff is online wallpapers. Didn't see any of mine from my personal site, but haven't checked them all. How many did you find?

 

Jill

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like they've taken images from all over.  I found the famous kissing couple from the Stanley cup riots.

 

onlyimage.com/photo/riots-police-kissing-vancouver-couple-hq-images-2785727

 

With proper credits elsewhere:

 

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Stanley+riot+year+later+Kissing+couple+still+kissing+with+video/6765415/story.html

Edited by MariaJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It seems most of the free stuff is online wallpapers. Didn't see any of mine from my personal site, but haven't checked them all. How many did you find?

 

Jill

 

Can't give an exact number. Their search engine is a total joke (probably a good thing). Suffice it to say there are lots.

 

As Maria mentioned, they seem to have pilfered images from all over the Web. I've sent an initial unfriendly e-mail. Shall let you know if I get a response.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

It seems most of the free stuff is online wallpapers. Didn't see any of mine from my personal site, but haven't checked them all. How many did you find?

 

Jill

 

Can't give an exact number. Their search engine is a total joke (probably a good thing). Suffice it to say there are lots.

 

As Maria mentioned, they seem to have pilfered images from all over the Web. I've sent an initial unfriendly e-mail. Shall let you know if I get a response.

 

How did you search? By your name? I didn't see any with my name but with all the images I have I am sure many are there. Who did you email?  I'd email the FBI as well

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I could not find any WHOIS info on this slimebag outfit.

 

Certain lawfirms are now filing infringement suits based on the IP address of a site and all the John Does so they can get quickly get that court order to expose infringers.

 

L

Edited by Linda

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some are the Bing screen savers from Alamy.

 

wim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found one of my images on this site by looking up my name. Any good reason why I shouldn't send them a menacing email (to what avail, will it result in anything)? Should I send the link somewhere else first (somebody mentioned the FBI)?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd really love to see these sites get dragged thru the courts and sued for everything including the shirt on their backs.

 

I'm so sick of wasting valuable time sending DMCA notices;I feel like filing suit and charging them $500 per hour every time I find a photo. Some sites I've found 200-300 images.

We need to do the DMCA thing o protect our rights...

 

L

Edited by Linda
  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I e-mailed Only Image, and they got back back to me right away. To their credit (hate to say that), they have removed all my images from their website.

 

Their basic search engine makes it difficult to find images. I searched their website by subject after happening upon one of my photos through a Google search. If you can find any of your pictures (good luck), I suggest contacting them. Here's the e-mail address:

 

dmca@onlyimage.com

Edited by John Mitchell

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So I'm curious - if someone uses an image off their site for advertising, who do you go after?

 

Ultimately you can't do much about a some outfit operating in... Mogadishu who are running a web site giving your pictures away, but you could have a go at the multi-national who stuck it on their washing powder packets.  My question really revolves around the fact that you can't stop everyone showing your images as "free", so do you really need to worry about it that much or is it better to save your energy until someone actually uses one in anger? Although if it's already been sold exclusively that could be a bit of an issue...

 

By the way, can you still use exclusive images on your blog or to promote your photography, for example?

 

Edit: Email just arrived

 

And now I receive an unsolicited email from Dollar Photo Club - the clue's in the name. I presume that there must be a compromise somewhere?

Edited by TokyoM1ke

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are loads of similar sites offering "free" wallpapers etc etc, of images ripped off from all sorts of sites including alamy. Might be a good idea to disable the links to those above as its driving traffic to them

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's strange: when I typed "clement philippe" in their search box and pressed "Enter" I landed on the "Shutterstock" site :blink:

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

There seem to be a lot of SS images on there. Name search didn't work for me. I had to search by subjects. It was a pain in the...

Edited by John Mitchell

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There are loads of similar sites offering "free" wallpapers etc etc, of images ripped off from all sorts of sites including alamy. Might be a good idea to disable the links to those above as its driving traffic to them

 

Thanks. Just disabled the link in my OP.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I  have also discovered my images on this site. Majority with watermarks intact!  Diplomatic email sent to them.  Image theft really winds me up shame someone cannot shut down these sites with immediate effect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Search for 'Alamy' and you'll get a bunch of images.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What if Alamy sent a DCMA takedown letter? Of can only the copyright owners of each image do that?

 

dd

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I  have also discovered my images on this site. Majority with watermarks intact!  Diplomatic email sent to them.  Image theft really winds me up shame someone cannot shut down these sites with immediate effect.

 

Do you by chance have a PhotoShelter website? That's where they got mine by the looks of it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Search for 'Alamy' and you'll get a bunch of images.

 

Searching with "Corbis"  and "PhotoShelter" bring up images as well. It's a really strange site. As mentioned, though, all you have to do is e-mail them and they will remove images.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How about embarrassing them with some messages on their facebook and twitter accounts?  I don't 'do' either of them myself so can't practice what I preach.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It may be legit.

 

I think it is an amalgamation site that collects a commission from the selling agency for directing image buyers to a selling agency like Shutterstock.

 

If a client clicks on a Shutterstock watermarked image the client goes what looks like the Shutterstock site, and Shutterstock offers to sell the client the image. The image is not free. Shutterstock is doing the selling, and paying the photographer. Nothing wrong with that.

 

That doesn't mean that every image on the site is legit.

 

Start the process to download one of your images and see if it leads the buyer to one of your agencies.

Edited by Bill Brooks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

I  have also discovered my images on this site. Majority with watermarks intact!  Diplomatic email sent to them.  Image theft really winds me up shame someone cannot shut down these sites with immediate effect.

 

Do you by chance have a PhotoShelter website? That's where they got mine by the looks of it.

 

John, I used to operate a wordpress blog this is where the images were lifted from. Not seen any from my actual website

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

It may be legit.
 
I think it is an amalgamation site that collects a commission from the selling agency for directing image buyers to a selling agency like Shutterstock.
 
If a client clicks on a Shutterstock watermarked image the client goes what looks like the Shutterstock site, and Shutterstock offers to sell the client the image. The image is not free. Shutterstock is doing the selling, and paying the photographer. Nothing wrong with that.
 
That doesn't mean that every image on the site is legit.
 
Start the process to download one of your images and see if it leads the buyer to one of your agencies.

 

 

Bill, I hear what you're saying. However, I don't think that any website that posts photographers' copyrighted work without their consent can be considered "legit."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had a reply from them asking for the URL's of my images, it now looks like my images were taken from my blog. Did a search for more of my images and found out they have even lifted images from a MOD site! Obviously with that in mind nothing appears to be off limits for these image thieves! At least I have had a response from them and await a reply, I have also informed the MOD site administrators concerned 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have had a reply from them asking for the URL's of my images, it now looks like my images were taken from my blog. Did a search for more of my images and found out they have even lifted images from a MOD site! Obviously with that in mind nothing appears to be off limits for these image thieves! At least I have had a response from them and await a reply, I have also informed the MOD site administrators concerned 

 

Sorry duplicate post!

Edited by Bobbster

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.