This is in relation to fowl breeders and their lines, but could apply to cp's as well. This is what I have posted on some fowl forums regarding a recent experience.
I and a friend who has helped a lot (!) have been fighting this tooth and nail lately. First with a photo of my own (that was even water marked!), then over the past few days with a photo by another breeder. I found the photo on eBay while doing searches. Yes, I check up on such things. It gives us all a bad name when someone sells inferior stock using photos of our lines.
Long story short a seller was using the breeder's photo to sell eggs that was not of that line. It is fraud plain and simple. It's like saying, I have a car for sale and posting a photo of a Lamborghini when in actuality the customer will receive a rusted out VW with no transmission, since there are no birds in the US as portrayed in the photo.
#2 since the breeder was from outside of the US, the seller was in violation of international copyright law.
Said seller was confronted and they did not comply. So they were reported to eBay and then to the FBI's internet crimes division at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Sometimes the misconception is that unless you register your photo, you have no right to it. Registering and copyright are two different things. If you take the photo, you own the copyright. Adding a watermark can help, but isn't 100% security.
Under copyright law, which you fall under for just having taken the photo, someone can use your photo for educational purposes. Like it or not.
However, they can not use the photo for any sales or gains.
The seller became irate and said that he had a right to anything online and if something was copyrighted you wouldn't be able to take it in the first place. That is a very arrogant, ignorant, and incorrect view point. This crap of sellers posting others' photos when they don't have, or won't use, photos of the actual item, or their own stock of which it is from, for sale is a form of fraud, and illegal false representation.
He was confronted with the laws and removed the photo.
In the future, if anyone here finds a photo of theirs or any one else's being used for sales on eBay, private websites, or anywhere else, please report it. Don't be afraid to ask for help here. We do not have to take this lying down. Our property is ours.
http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx mandates a minimum of 6 complaints on an issue to look at it. If the FBI goes through with this case is up to the person who's photo was stolen.
I will be on the lookout for any illegal photo use even more so now and I will report it. If anyone here has any photos taken from you and you need your 6 files, just yell. (you will need solid proof that it is your photo)