Recently I have come across my image being used without my permission- not even my knowledge for that matter. Polyvore.com is the site.
Looks like place, that people put all kinds of intellectual property (mostly pictures) , without of course even as much as letting the owner know they’re using it. As I’ve noticed most pictures posted their are linked to their original site. Some even give credit to the creator.
Mine posted on that site sure linked to DaWanda store, where it’s listed, but did not have any word about who created it.
Now- my image has visible white watermark embedded in the middle of the photo. Listing on DaWanda states also, that copyrights belongs to me. Yet- girl who decided to share it- and use it for her creations- on polyvore.com didn’t care.
So how much more notice can I give?
I am not getting into someones car, just because it’s sitting by the side of the road, unlocked and ready to go. That would be stealing, right?
As I researched the subject a little bit-it seems that tons of items listed on Etsy, DaWanda, RedBubble, Flickr, Photo.net are being posted on to polyvore.
There is alsolots of places and people that are trying to do something about this wide spread copyright infrigement. one of the places you can visit is group on Flickr: parasites.
I am really upset about the situation. I read that it not always works the way, that you just request your photo to be removed from their site. I have submitted my request. We’ll see how quickly they will take care of that- if they will…
It’s very irritating, that someone just takes something you created without even letting you know, asking question- whatever. Small notice would be better, than finding out by accident.