Can you afford to let people post images on your site?
I have a collection of images on Flickr which are almost the same as my website images here. Some of the images have a little copyright notice on them, but all of them have a copyright notice on the bottom of the page, thus... © All rights reserved
Over the years a few of mine have ended up on different websites without permission, and although it is annoying to see blatant infringements, it has been difficult and time consuming to stop it.
It's easy to use pixsy.com, you simply show them the address where your images are, and they look for those images around the web using reverse image searching software. You are then presented with pages of matches, some of which are just similars, but many of which are your own pictures on unauthorised websites.
My first success with them was settled within a few weeks, it was a small images taken from Flickr and used on a US travel website. Pixsy take 50% commission and send the rest to your bank account, in this case I received a tidy sum with no effort on my part.
Hi Clare, if it's on a stock site it's up to the end user (the buyer) to check if any model release is required, but AFAIK there is still is no expectation of privacy in a public place in the UK, in fact, I recently appeared on the front cover of a magazine without my knowledge, but it doesn't bother me in the least.If the image was being used to sell a product rather than for editorial use then it would be a different matter.
Is your partner upset for any particular reason?
great points! I'm amazed what people will try to get away with.
Do you have any opinion / advice of the rights of a subject in a photo Mick?
My partner was busking, with a sign clearly identifying him. Photographer took a pic (many do, some tip, most don't) and gave no payment (or thanks). Photo has now shown up on a stock photo site when you search buskers. The research I've done shows it's fine if the photo is not being sold (it is), or if the person isn't identifiable by face or brand (they are). Any advice?
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