At the first part of last week I ran an article about a particularly nasty individual who keeps stealing the work of other photographers and posting it on one of his many Facebook pages. When I say many pages, I found over thirty just in my own digging. As I wrote about this guy, and as I saw very few people get any kind of response out of Facebook, I had to make a decision. I could just simply write about it as a story, or I could DO something about it.
I chose to do something about it.
In the case of Facebook, few people actually follow the proper procedure for notifying them of their legal obligations to remove an artist's stolen work. The "Proper Procedure" is confusing and well hidden from photographers that have been ripped off. Thanks Facebook for making it as obscure as possible. We appreciate that.
In fact, this is true no matter where you found your image posted online.
Just what the heck am I supposed to do to get my work off of someone else's website, profile on Facebook, profile on Google+, a blog somewhere, etc.? Can someone please tell me without having to pay a fee?
Well that is what I set out to do. I have spent all week trying to come up with a website that spelled out in very clear, concise language what to do, and lay it out in a simple, step by step process to follow.
It is so simple to understand that anyone that is a novice to the law can follow it. I honestly do not know how much simpler I could make it.
I put all of this together for free. You will never have to pay a dime for this very effective information.
BUT I NEED YOUR HELP!
Please go and like the page.
Please Google+ the page.
Please post a link from your website to this page.
Tell everyone you know about it and have them do the same.
In fact, I have an image below that you can add to your website. You can download that, add it to your site, and make it link straight over.
Together, we can start equipping photographers with the information they need to defend themselves.
Check out this new free service website now.
Here is the code to add to your site to put in the link.
<a href="http://www.PictureDefense.com" target="_blank"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-AevJsrYUwf4/UPG7I0ECyhI/AAAAAAAAKi4/FSdYgCIvOjQ/s250/Website+add.jpg" /></a>