Very interesting. Yes, your photo is copyrighted as soon as you took it, no need to register it. But NaN mentioned photobucket. When you upload your photos to photobucket or any other photo sharing site, are you giving up some or all of your rights?
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I cant really add anything new to this discussion, as all pertinent statements/facts have been made... But I know how ya feel... Like Paul, I used to have my photos stolen constantly.. Kinda part of using the internet and having photos online.. Thieves will always take em and use em without permission. Best you can do is do what Paul says..
I keep all my photobucket albums private and uncopyable. This mitigates the possibility of them being used.
I have absolutely no problems with my pics being used. Like Dex pointed out, it is quite flattering. However, I just want people to credit me for my photography, or ASK PERMISSION! How hard is that?
Very informative thread - thanks to all contributors. I learned some good stuff in here.
All the best,
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. --- Eleanor Roosevelt
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I would just contact them and ask you be credited or have the photo removed. The visitors bureau probably has no clue. Looks like some other company put the website together (link on the bottom of their homepage... brightbridge studios). They may have gotten the photo from somewhere else? Where did they get a copy without your text on it? Highly doubtful they would bother to take the photo from your website and then remove the text.. Did you have the photo posted elsewhere as well?
Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?
I have had numerous people/entities simply crop off any copyright watermark the image displayed before using the photo. I find it appalling that they clearly made an effort to circumvent copyright and deny attribution. A certain nursery in the UK was astonishingly rude when confronted about the infringement and offered a very "Griggsian" response*
*Look up Judith Griggs on wikipedia; its a remarkable story and is somewhat pertinent to this discussion.