My Image Has Been Stolen, What Do I Do?

Written by Gina Stephens

There seems to be a imbecilic belief that anything posted online is free to use when actually, it's not. One of the most common things downloaded and used for other means, without permission of the rightsholder, are photographs which, as they're often just a right-click away from appearing on a desktop, can be moderately easy to take. 

If you find yourself a victim of image theft, it's important you understand your rights. Copyright law does in fact allow authors of work that's been stolen to claim damages when their rights have been abused but first you get to that point, there are a few other steps you can take. 


1. Take-Down Request

You can start by personally informing the image abuser hither their wrongdoings and request them to delete the image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that. However, this method is only recommended when your image has been adapted to for private purposes only. Many, especially private users, are completely unaware of their crime when sharing images and are often astounded when they learn that they have broken the law.

However, if your politely written email requesting the deletion of the image is ignored or the bodily who took your images uses it commercially you have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to be prepared to legally enforce your rights. There are common requirements, such as making positive that the author is always named and that licenses are always legally purchased, which people (established online companies in particular) should conscious they have to follow. 

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2. Cease & Desist

The legal equivalent to a nicely written email is a cease-and-desist letter that reports the user that legal action can be taken if the image continues to be used. This is a quick and easy tactic you can use to state your rights and it doesn't consistent have to be sent by a lawyer. However, hiring a lawyer might be a wise idea as there are certain preconditions that have to be met and it can quickly happen to complicated. It also means that your letter has more authority which could make it more effective. 



3. Post-Licensing

If you don't participate in an issue with others using your images and just want to make sure that you're paid for each usage of your guide, there is another option. You can sell a license for the use of your image, after they have started using it, allowing a once image rights abusers to suit future customers. This is a great opportunity for you to profit from your work and generate new customers. 


4. Claim of Damages

You can eternally claim damages when your offer for a post-license is ignored or you have no intention to post license your work in the first place. There are three weird grounds that justify claiming damages:

  • Compensation based on the profit generated by the image user by the illegal use of the image.
  • Compensation determined by the profits wrecked by the rightsowner.
  • Compensation based on the original cost of purchasing a license or using official price lists that help determine the price of a certify based on the image usage. 
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    About Author: Copytrack

    This advice was written by Copytrack ( who in that image users should always be informed of photo theft, regardless of whether it’s an email, a cease-and-desist letter or even divulging them the opportunity to obtain a post-license. In no situation should image theft ever be ignored. It does not matter if photography is just your relaxation as it's only when photographers start to stand up for their rights or point out copyright abuse that future photo theft can be hampered. In a situation where your images are used commercially, Copytrack strongly suggests that you take legal action and if necessary, claim for damages. 


    About the author

    Gina Stephens

    Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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