There’s been a rather interesting recent development regarding this popular image we took of my son’s, Benjamin, foot shortly after his birth (it’s his foot and my hand).
I posted in an earlier blog about a situation where aramat4u (TamaraS2009), had copied my image and was displaying in her Flickr photostream without attribution (in effect claiming copyright over the image), although it was definitely my image – it was my hand, Ben’s foot and had the EXIF data with my name! I had sent TamaraS2009 a polite message through Flickr to alert her to the fact this was in fact of copyright breach and to remove it and also included a similar statement in the public comments below the image. Well needless to say TamaraS2009 did not respond to my private message the comment she just removed. A trawl through her photostream at that time suggested that my image was not the only one borrowed and in fact that TamaraS2009 was in fact a rather avid collector of other people’s images. Tineye (a reverse photo search/comparison tool) is a rather useful tool in this regard particularly as it can cope with changes to images such as cropping or other types of editing. A recent check today of her photostream shows it to be somewhat slimmer, but there is still at the time of writing a sequence of shots taken in the UK where the copyright belongs to North News & Pictures Ltd (copyright information edited out, but her’s is not the only copy on the web) – Thanks Glenn for pointing that one out.
Seeing that TamaraS2009 was not going to respond I contacted Yahoo! and the image was removed from TamaraS2009’s photostream.
All well and good until another email from a friend points out that my image of the foot had been ‘donated’ to photofoundation by a Tamara Shekhter. Why??? It won’t serve TamaraS2009 any good as she’s leaving herself wide open to be dealt with in a more legal manner than just having an image removed from her photostream. And there are a few photos at the time of writing on photofoundation which were donated by Ms Shekhter, all which are suspect and some where the original copyright owners could be traced.
My image is no longer on photofoundation as a quick phone call and email to their parent company led to the image being taken down and deleted from their servers fairly immediately. I had said they could keep any money they had received while it was posted for their supported charities. I’m also letting them know about any other instances of misappropriated images donated. But as you cannot search photofoundation by donor I am wondering how many more images she donated that breach copyright…. they are wondering too!