Copyright Infringement and Image Use : Blogging vs. Re-purposing
In the last couple of days, we came across a few people that we discovered to be using my images illegally. With the advent and sophistication of Google’s new image search function, it is becoming a bit easier to track where people are making reference to your work, or, in some cases, infringing, reusing and re-purposing your images for financial gain.
Below are examples that we found just this week, along with actual screen shots of the infringements.
The first case we found this week was a talented student interested in CGI illustration who had taken my image “Untitled #5” and used it as a background in one of his illustrations. While I was flattered that he liked the image enough to re-purpose it, and even though he gave me credit with a link back to my site, I had to explain to him that such a use was not permitted. He was very understanding and immediately took the image down. I’m sure that his use of my image was an innocent one.
In the second instance, one chap, who has a website on Fine Art America, a website designed for artists who are selling prints and cards, decided that he could take my image “Still Life #2“, and try to pass it off as his own “Digital Oil Painting”, complete with his signature in the bottom corner! Apparently, back in May he felt that by running the image through a filter in Photoshop it would pass as his own work. Uhmmm, no! We contacted FAA to inform them that he had infringed upon my copyrighted image and that they would need to delete it, which they did immediately.
In another instance, which we are currently investigating, someone decided it was ok to use my image “Roses” as a book cover without my consent.
I have no problem with bloggers and fans of my work writing about and blogging about my work with attribution and direct links back to my website or blog. However, when it comes to illegally re-purposing and / or using my images for your own profit, watch out… we will find you using Google’s very powerful image search function.