Paranoia Sets In
In a private note,
very kindly let me know that one of my cat photos is being used on Flickr by someone other than me. It's over here [link]
I went to look... and it's an 18 year old Spanish girl, whose entire gallery seems to consist of cat photos taken by other people. She has left my signature on the frame and even my copyright watermark across the image. I recognise quite a few other DA photos among them - please, any of you reading this, do go and check out whether your work it up there too!
I know it might be seen as 'flattery' if somebody collects their favourite cat photos from around the web and then displays them in their gallery - but it is not done with permission and unauthorised usage constitutes a breach of copyright, as far as I know.
I am more paranoid than before. Up to now I have shared images in the spirit of community and in good faith; but we should all be aware of what's going on. What concerns me is that this is just the tip of the iceberg; one isolated instance that I have been made aware of - what other rippage is going on, I don't even want to consider the possibilities.
I *do* know that currently there is a South African pug-dog site that ignored my requests to take down my pictures and are enhancing their web site with photos of mine very much without permission.