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05/16/2012 08:42:19 PM · #1
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Haha! Sorry, lazy is my only excuse. Well, that, and I recently won a lottery and am fabulously rich, leaving me with no incentive to pursue my matter any longer!!!

So long suckaaaassss!!!

Tetch, tetch, such language, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Strikeslip!

Now that you are among the filthy fabulously rich, think of the rest of us sad folk.
Pursue! Pursue!
Your faithful followers of the chainsaw persuasion implore you!

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

I stumbled across a photo of mine on a local property rental business' website. The office is near my house, so I dropped an invoice in their mailbox last night on my way home from work. I phoned during the day, but only got voice mail. Too bad they aren't open late enough that I could walk in and hand the invoice to a human, with my idling chainsaw in my other hand. (In case you missed it... my new chainsaw.)

$350 + $45.50 GST.

My photo, below, cycles through in a slide show on their front (and other) page.

What do you think will happen?

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/35000-39999/35357/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_973188.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/35000-39999/35357/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_973188.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

05/16/2012 08:21:28 PM · #2
Haha! Sorry, lazy is my only excuse. Well, that, and I recently won a lottery and am fabulously rich, leaving me with no incentive to pursue my matter any longer!!!

So long suckaaaassss!!!
05/16/2012 07:57:17 PM · #3
Time to drudge up an old thread...but any news?
11/04/2011 04:14:54 AM · #4
Looks like it is happening all over the place. Pretty sad that companies such as IKEA are stealing images. Check out the link below.

Ikea Stolen Photo
10/31/2011 01:27:47 PM · #5
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

I'm in no hurry. :-)

Don't forget to add interest charges if you end up in court.
10/31/2011 11:20:20 AM · #6
Originally posted by Silent-Shooter:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

I will update this thread, though, no worries! :-)

I know you said you would update the thread... just curious as to what has happened this last month?

Canadian Thanksgiving travelling. A couple of weekends of charity work for the local hospital (raised over $90,000). Kids having sleepovers. Halloween festivities.

It's been a busy month outside of work. I'll get around to it. I'm in no hurry. :-)
10/31/2011 10:57:49 AM · #7
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

I will update this thread, though, no worries! :-)

I know you said you would update the thread... just curious as to what has happened this last month?
09/30/2011 04:12:18 PM · #8
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by LydiaToo:

Yeah... waiting for your millionaire status announcement!

I'm busy with other stuff at the moment. I'll get to him when I have time, there's a statute of limitations, no big hurry.

I noticed he has finally removed my shot from his website, which made me laugh.

Zeroaire status is more like it. I'll probably send another invoice as per Doc's suggestion, then when he ignores that, I'll go through small claims ourt, which costs $100, and so is a gamble. But I've lost more than that at the black jack table in a few minutes.

I will update this thread, though, no worries! :-)


Eventually the smart ones listen to me... :)
09/30/2011 03:29:17 PM · #9
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Zeroaire status is more like it.

Apart from your stash of gold nuggets.
09/30/2011 03:24:25 PM · #10
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

Yeah... waiting for your millionaire status announcement!

I'm busy with other stuff at the moment. I'll get to him when I have time, there's a statute of limitations, no big hurry.

I noticed he has finally removed my shot from his website, which made me laugh.

Zeroaire status is more like it. I'll probably send another invoice as per Doc's suggestion, then when he ignores that, I'll go through small claims ourt, which costs $100, and so is a gamble. But I've lost more than that at the black jack table in a few minutes.

I will update this thread, though, no worries! :-)


09/30/2011 03:19:16 PM · #11
Yeah... waiting for your millionaire status announcement!
09/26/2011 10:17:09 AM · #12
Any news?
09/24/2011 07:26:10 AM · #13
Originally posted by vawendy:

If you do go to court, you should know that there's a secret word, that if you say it-- the judge will find in your favor.

Fastforward to the 2 minute and 36 second spot and watch from there.

News Radio

Thanks, that will come in handy!
09/23/2011 08:46:49 PM · #14
If you do go to court, you should know that there's a secret word, that if you say it-- the judge will find in your favor.

Fastforward to the 2 minute and 36 second spot and watch from there.

News Radio

Message edited by author 2011-09-23 20:47:12.
09/23/2011 08:33:14 PM · #15
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

...It's "you and me". :P

Curse my poor English! :-(

I thought Doc was offering to go in halves with you on the lawyers fees.

Curse my poor comprehension! Doc, you're such a philanthropist! Thanks for your support!
09/23/2011 07:36:10 PM · #16
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by DrAchoo:

...It's "you and me". :P

Curse my poor English! :-(

I thought Doc was offering to go in halves with you on the lawyers fees.
09/23/2011 06:33:26 PM · #17
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

...It's "you and me". :P

Curse my poor English! :-(
09/23/2011 04:50:12 PM · #18
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

This is how I envision my lawyer...


Awesome clip!
09/23/2011 04:48:30 PM · #19
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

...I don't care if I get a penny as a result of this thievery....


The lawyer just wet his pants. :)

Originally posted by strikeslip:

...may as well be you and I.


It's "you and me". :P
09/23/2011 04:46:23 PM · #20
This is how I envision my lawyer...
09/23/2011 04:19:23 PM · #21
I'm not interested in dealing personally with the thief, or making any money from this experience, so I'm taking the lawyer route if it's feasible.

Sent this to *3* just now. Got an autoreply that he'd be out of the office from noon until monday, but that's OK.

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Hi XXXXX,

Thanks for your reply. I'm attaching a timeline, and some evidence in a PDF for you to look at so that you can let me know how feasible it is for me to work with you and/or Mark. I would like to hire you and/or Mark as long as at the end of the experience I am not out of pocket myself.

I don't care if I get a penny as a result of this thievery. There are plenty of photographers being ripped off like this, food snatched from the mouths of their families, to use that cliché. Someone needs to do something, and it may as well be you and I. Just because the theft is electronic, the Halton Police and my tax money won't help.

I want M to learn some respect and show some remorse, but judging by his voicemail and lack of any other response, I think he's the type that will only learn at the expense of his bank account. Perhaps an additional, annual charge can be added for past use of my photo. He's had the domain since 2008, but I don't know how long the site has been up. It would be interesting to know what his profit has been during the time he's used my photo, and how much profit might be attributed to it.

If you right-click on my photo when it comes into rotation at www.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.com , and select Properties, you will see that it has "DELETED" in the file name. I think M made an honest, yet failed, attempt to delete the photo, demonstrating two things: 1) his understanding that he should not be using my photo without permission, 2) he is inept . Nevertheless, he hired people who stole it, and used it, possibly for three years. For all he knows, every photo on his site is stolen. Honest or not, I have been wronged and M did no more than thumb his nose at me, the law and polite consideration, then tossed my invoice in the garbage. It is probably his opinion that the person he hired to build his website is liable. I don't know if that's the case.

www.gettyimages.ca has a good price calculator where visually similar photos at small pixel size go for over $2,000 for property/real estate for three years' use on a website banner. If I spent more time digging I might find more for twice the cost.

I would like for you to teach M a lesson for all photographers. As a published photographer yourself, I hope you will take an interest in raising the banner for us all, "We're fed up, and we won't take it any more!" I'm thinking red lettering on a black background would be nice.

Sincerely,
Slippy
xxxxxxxxxxxxx (cell)
xxxxxxxxxxxxx (home)

ETA..... Ah crap, just realized I screwed up the old Network quote I was after. Should've been "Mad as Hell..." ... meh

Message edited by author 2011-09-23 16:36:07.
09/23/2011 03:05:33 PM · #22
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It looks like the moral of the story at this point is ...

You should have sent him an invoice for $5,000 ... if you sue in small claims court you might be able to recover your out-of-pocket expenses (filing fee, etc.) along with the damages claimed. Check with the clerk of the small claims court -- there is usually a pamphlet available explaining how it works and what you can/can't do ...

And no, I don't do chainsaw carving myself -- that turtle was being made for my dad a few years ago by a guy set up with a booth at the Key Peninsula (Washington) community fair.


I think you need to make it very clear that the first invoice was a time limited discount offer, and send another invoice for the full amount. I would send it via registered mail, and also make it clear that should he throw this away you will simply take him to court, win the full amount, and tack on fees for both the council and your time, billed at your normal rate.
09/23/2011 02:55:36 PM · #23
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

It looks like the moral of the story at this point is ...

You should have sent him an invoice for $5,000 ... if you sue in small claims court you might be able to recover your out-of-pocket expenses (filing fee, etc.) along with the damages claimed. Check with the clerk of the small claims court -- there is usually a pamphlet available explaining how it works and what you can/can't do ...

And no, I don't do chainsaw carving myself -- that turtle was being made for my dad a few years ago by a guy set up with a booth at the Key Peninsula (Washington) community fair.
09/23/2011 02:49:32 PM · #24
is it time for the torches yet .... ?
09/23/2011 02:27:55 PM · #25
I'll give you one more strategy to get him to budge without all this work. Go over to Getty Images and work with their calculators. Massage the variables until you get a nice big amount. Something in the multi-thousand dollar range. It shouldn't be too hard. It helps if you know a bit about the company too. How big is it, etc. Anyway, reapproach him with another letter saying this is what the calculators indicate is a reasonable settlement. Next, you can intimate that there are two paths for him to choose. One, he can go down the road to small claims court for the big number, or two he can take care of this right now for the $400 you originally billed him. He currently believes he can get out of this without paying a dime so that option is better in his eyes than your $400 option. You need to change his thinking to believe that the $400 option is the GOOD option and the path of least work and money for him.

I'm guessing your lawyer could help you with this if you want to pay him the $400 you collect.
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