OT- I'm sick of it !!!

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OT- I'm sick of it !!!
May 28, 2013

Friends,

Today I woke up with an email stating one of my images won a Gold Medal award for best in print.

Here is the downside:  Someone stole it from my site (http://shetzers.com ), and submitted as their own.

Here's the image

Every week I have to address stolen images.  Just in the last month I have had the following.

  • An internet news agency used an image on the cover of their site and lead article.
  • A major organization purchased a stock image and didn't option for full licensing, however used it for full licensing. (I finally received full compensation but it took lots of additional time)
  • A professional painter reproduced an image for Giclée print sales.
  • A website distribute an image to over 1,0000,000 people via social media.  Took the time to strip the watermark.

I'm getting tired of chasing organizations.  The amount of time this takes and rarely achieves any compensation.  Normally the image is used, distributed for their purpose (normally with financial gain in the form of advertising to their site) and taken down when I peruse them.

I watermark all my images at the bottom.  I really don't want to watermark across the middle of the image as I want people to enjoy the image and I rely on a nice presentation of an image to increase stock sales and promote workshop locations.

Is it financially worthwhile to legally peruse these folks, or are you just paying legal bills?

I'm sure every one is struggling with this same issue, and I'd love to hear what you do.

Thanks all !!!

Matt

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