As you do, when you wake up at 5am, I clicked on Hal.
Five am is a nuisance. It is too early to get up, but too late to go back to sleep before getting up at 6am.
I flicked onto comments.
‘Hi, borrowed one of your pictures …’
Borrowed? Give it back. Right now. Stolen more like.
Do I have © slapped all over my photos for some dimwit to ‘borrow’ my photos? Do I have a lengthy page of T&Cs to be ignored?
At 5am the roughseas were very turbulent, much to Partner’s annoyance.
‘Leave it alone, does it matter…?’
Yes, it does. Very much.
Mr Caswell received a reply to his on my blog.
I then wrote on the WP support forum and received some immediate and sensible advice. Thank you raincoaster and auxclass.
Next I posted on the borrower’s site, which I didn’t really want to do, but couldn’t resist offering him the choice of paying me for my photo or taking it down. Forthwith.
Given that he is in America, I generously gave him a few hours leeway.
Meanwhile back over on the WP forum, I was being advised to take out a DMCA immediately. This is where you report a breach of copyright under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to WP. So I did.
I am NOT flattered if someone steals my photos. They are mine. I have fairly clear T&Cs that say so.
I am not flattered if you steal my text either.
If you want anything I have created you pay for it, unless of course you are an animal sanctuary which is totally different. But otherwise, don’t steal my fucking work.
It’s not even as though I am the world’s best photographer for goodness’ sake. I copyright my photos out of principle. Not because I think anyone would steal them.
And yet they just have done. Not only that, but they were stupid enough to tell me they had done.
I looked up said blogger and discovered his main interest was God. Well, there’s a surprise. Hey mate, have you heard of the Ten Commandments? Thou shalt not steal, for example?
So basically, take your Ten Commandments, try abiding by them, and leave my photos alone. Thief.
Here is my response from WP, received after about five hours since I submitted the complaint:
Your DMCA Takedown Notice has been received and reviewed for completeness.
In accordance with the requirements set forth by the DMCA, we have disabled access to the material identified as infringing. Please note that we have notified the user who uploaded the material to provide them an opportunity to formally challenge this removal. If the user decides to submit a counter-notice you will be notified immediately.