Back when I wrote this post, I had a few comments asking for some real life examples. Well, I’ve found one.
I was on Flickr this morning, and I found someone else posting photos of Rebecca, The Clothes Horse in a “what I wore” style group. With a little more investigation, I found Blonde Bedhead, Adored Austin, Time Enough for Drums, and Delightfully Tacky. I emailed (or tweeted) each of them to let them know what I found, because, frankly, it’s a little creepy. Their photos were being added to groups on Flickr they may not want their photos in. And let’s be honest- they’re all recognizable ladies- if I can recognize them, any other blog reader can as well.
I went through and left some comments on a few photos saying “this is a stolen photo” or “this is a photo of so-and-so.” I also reported it to Flickr.
Indiana (Adored Austin) emailed me back, saying she contacted Yahoo! (Flickr’s parent company) and was also going to talk about it on Twitter.
Andrea (Blonde Bedhead) left a comment on one of her stolen photos.
Annie (Time Enough for Drums) also contacted Yahoo! to let them know what was going on.
I found the policy Yahoo! has for cases such as this:
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide Yahoo!’s Agent for Notice with the following information (your “Notice”):
- an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
- a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
- a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Yahoo! site, with enough detail that we may find it on the website (in most circumstances, we will need a URL);
- your address, telephone number, and email address;
- a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;
- a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
In some circumstances, in order to notify the subscriber, account holder or host who provided the allegedly infringing content to which Yahoo! has disabled access, Yahoo! may forward a copy of a valid Notice including name and email address to the subscriber or account holder, or may forward a copy of a valid Notice (with personally identifiable information removed) to Chilling Effects (http://www.chillingeffects.org) for publication.
Yahoo!’s Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:
c/o Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Hopefully Yahoo! and Flickr will take care of this issue and take down the offending account.
I chose to contact each of the bloggers I recognized because I felt this was something they needed to know. If someone was stealing my photos and using them in a way I did not intend or approve, I would want to know.