Legal Rights

If you’re like me and share your photos online in any capacity, you’ve probably had at least a few stolen by unscrupulous people for use on their websites or for other promotional reasons. Usually, you’d deal with this by finding the violator and either sending an invoice or filing a DMCA takedown. Unfortunately, in my experience, invoices sent generally mean invoices ignored. Of course, you could always hire a lawyer to go after copyright thieves, but that usually takes upfront capital, which can mean a fair amount of money out-of-pocket with no guarantee...

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  • December 15, 2018

So, someone in Brazil stole one of my photos: But I don’t understand what they’re trying to say:   Also, they messed with the colors!  

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  • October 18, 2013

…don’t edit my photos to crap. Just discovered that PocketVegasDeals—a Groupon-like site solely-focused on Las Vegas—stole one of my photos of the Encore for a promotion. Of course I was angered by the blatant disregard of copyright law, but they also apparently edited the photo to hell. And, better yet, they didn’t strip the EXIF data…you can clearly see my copyright notice embedded in the data. (LeftyRodriguez was an earlier pseudonym I used for my photographic endeavors and MGH is my initials.  Also, I have the raw of this photo, so there’s no...

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  • October 10, 2013

I, like many photographers, routinely use Google’s Image Search in order to find people that have stolen my photos in order to issue DMCA takedown notices.  Recently, I came across a weird situation. Several years ago, I took this photo depicting some “found” artwork at the site of the then-soon-to-be-demolished Good-Latimer tunnel in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood: I photoblogged it in October of 2007 (and note that I don’t sell prints of it) and kind of forgot about it (that was almost six years and ~2,000 photos ago!). So, imagine my surprise when Google Image...

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  • June 5, 2013

…that make my blood boil.  Thomas Hawk is being sued for $2M for posting non-commercial photos he took at the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami.  In totally unrelated news, I’m booking a flight to Miami.  Here’s his blog post: Thomas Hawk Digital Connection » Blog Archive » The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami is Trying to Sue Me for $2 Million for Posting Photos I Took There on My Flickr Account.

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  • January 11, 2011