Posts Tagged ‘copyright’

Leading New Zealand Tech Retailer Uses iStock Image in Facebook Ad, Forgets to Remove Watermark

Update: The company has responded to our request for comment and fixed the issue. See full update at the bottom.


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Dick Smith is a leading tech retailer in both New Zealand and Australia, but as an anonymous reader showed us this morning, they might have goofed up in a big way in a recent ad they posted on their Dick Smith NZ Facebook page.

As you can see from the screenshot above, they seem to have ‘appropriated’ an iStock image as the background… without even taking the time to remove the watermark. Read more…

Is Etsy the New Silk Road for Copyright Infringement?

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While browsing through my image search results on PIXSY (a new service that finds and invoices image theft for you), I was surprised to see my picture for sale on Etsy (above). My immediate reaction:

  1. What an ugly mousepad. I’d never print my photo like this.
  2. The seller seems to be stealing thousands of photos. How could Etsy let this happen?
  3. Who had the nerve to think they could do this?

So my picture was the party and I wasn’t invited. I decided to see what I could do to notify the seller and contact Etsy about the problem. Read more…

Getty Images Sues Microsoft Over Embeddable Image Widget, Cites ‘Incalculable Damages’

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A recently-released product by Microsoft that allows content creators to embed digital images on their websites is being called a “massive infringement” of copyright images in a lawsuit filed by Getty Images against the computer giant. Read more…

P. Diddy Becomes Latest Rap Star to Post a Photographer’s Image Without Credit or Permission

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First it was Ludacris, who decided to convey the impression that he was on a beach by stealing and posting a photographer’s beautiful sunset photo on his Instagram account. Now, it seems famed rapper Shawn “Diddy” Combs is following in his copyright infringement footsteps. Read more…

If You Try to Publish a Picture of this Statue in Denmark, You’d Better be Ready to Pay Up

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One of Denmark’s most photographed attractions, a Little Mermaid statue, comes with a strange caveat: it can’t be photographed. Or rather, a photograph of it can’t be used in a publication of any sort, even for journalistic purposes, without a big fat invoice finding its way to your door. Read more…

Photographer David Slater Explains Why He’s Going After Wikimedia Over Monkey Selfie

David Slater, the photographer who is currently embroiled in an argument (and quite possibly, soon to be embroiled in a lawsuit) with Wikimedia over the famous ‘monkey selfie’ images, recently spoke to ITN to clarify his position on the whole ‘who owns the copyright’ argument. Read more…

Wikimedia Stands Up for Monkey Photographer Rights, Refuses to Take Down Monkey Selfie

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The controversy surrounding the monkey selfies above, which were taken by an endangered crested black macaque using photographer David Slater‘s equipment, is heating up once again as Wikipedia parent Wikimedia refuses to remove the photo from its commons library, claiming that Slater does not own the copyright. Read more…

What Happens When a Supermodel Violates Your Copyright

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This post is something I’ve struggled with for months, and debated even writing. But it’s time to share my story, and explain why I’ve been absent. Read more…

Flow Chart Tries to Educate the Public on the Rules of Using a Photo They Found Online

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When people are browsing around online for photographs to use, be them for an article, a project or something else, it’s vital to know whether or not they’re allowed to use the image. Even if they’re allowed to use the image, it’s important to know what all can be done with it.

Here to help those with any image in question is this handy little infographic, created by Curtis Newbold, The Visual Communications Guy. Read more…

In-Depth Presentation Demystifies the Gray Areas of Copyright Law for Photographers

This hour and fifteen minute-long presentation is one of the most detailed and useful videos on copyright law for photographers that we’ve run across. Put together by B&H in New York, they asked the The Copyright Zone guys, photographer Jack Reznicki and lawyer Ed Greenberg, to tell viewers and attendees “everything you wanted to know about copyright but were afraid to ask.” Read more…