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01/20/2013 06:41:09 PM · #1
Sorry, no -- I hid the post rather than editing it. Everything in the thread is fine. If the person who posted returns they will recognize that their earlier post is gone.

Message edited by author 2013-01-20 18:41:28.
01/20/2013 06:38:47 PM · #2
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Please don't explicitly reference photos currently in voting ... if you want, you can submit a ticket with the info and an SC member can forward it to the photographer.


Sorry, was that directed at me? I didn't think I referenced anything but the address.
01/20/2013 06:18:37 PM · #3
Please don't explicitly reference photos currently in voting ... if you want, you can submit a ticket with the info and an SC member can forward it to the photographer.
01/20/2013 03:25:36 PM · #4
Here is the contact information for that site:

Jennifer Schard
Executive Assistant to Michael Levine
9100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 540E
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

P: 310-300-0950 ext. 304
E: MLAsst@LCOonline.com

Good luck.
01/20/2013 05:28:26 AM · #5
The web site seem to make it a habit to grab interesting pictures from DPC. I found yet one more of mine (on the front page):
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1048118.jpg.
You can have a look at their image archive by going to January 2013 images at LBNElert.
My images have all EXIF data in there, including copyright claims.
01/20/2013 04:32:55 AM · #6
Just FYI, I saw these three DPCer's images on LBN Archive page 1 today.

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1048016.jpg Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1048862.jpg Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1047434.jpg
01/19/2013 10:57:20 AM · #7
I'm heading out the door and will post details later, but he, in fact, is NOT the right person to contact. IH Networks (a completely different company) is the company hosting and I finally received a response.
01/19/2013 09:14:16 AM · #8
any updates?

i haven't heard back, heck i didn't even get a response.
01/11/2013 08:32:16 PM · #9
Originally posted by tanguera:

Let me know if you have any success. Tony at IH sent me "I didn't steal your images". That was his entire response.

His statement may be entirely "true" soeone else may have actually performed the opration, and no one "stole" a photo (unless they broke into your house and removed a print from the wall), they "infringed your copyright."

If you are going to assert your legal rights it's best to be very accurate about these things; publicly asserting someone "stole" something could be construed as libel.

@21.gif mike_311: just want people to be aware you can only recover some of those costs if the image is actually registered with the US Copyright Office.
01/11/2013 07:16:33 PM · #10
You might want to proof read that message Mike.

Ray
01/11/2013 06:57:45 PM · #11
here was my email to him:

I came across two of my images on your site that are being used without my permission, nor do they credit me in any way.

These are the images:

//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=1041884

//www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=1038138

You hereby owe me $400 per image. I after paying this fee I will send you statement giving you limited rights to continue to use them for your blog. If wish not to continue to use them i expect them to be taken down immediately and still repayment of $100 per image for past use.

If you arent aware you have infringed on my copyright, my images aren't for free use. If you ignore this email and continue to use the images I make you aware that I will take legal action and under current copyright law you are liable to pay my usage fees AND any lawyer and court fees I may incur in addition to those you may incur to defend yourself.

I have taken screen shots of your site, to use as proof in any future case I may bring. You have 7 days to respond with the course of action you wish to take.

Thank you.

01/11/2013 05:30:50 PM · #12
Originally posted by tanguera:

Let me know if you have any success. Tony at IH sent me "I didn't steal your images". That was his entire response.


well sounds like you need to send him a bill and direct him to your lawyer.
01/11/2013 05:27:32 PM · #13
Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1039460.jpg

I just found this picture of mine of DJ Afrojack on some Chilean website advertising The Ultra Chile festival.

If you go to the site you can see how they cut off my watermark.
01/11/2013 05:17:33 PM · #14
Let me know if you have any success. Tony at IH sent me "I didn't steal your images". That was his entire response.
01/11/2013 04:35:02 PM · #15
Johanna, that's the same info i was able to track down, although i don't have confidence as it was a zigzag getting there, especially this guy: Steven Mizrahie (abuse@ihnetworks.com) at least the route i took.

i already emailed DK designs.
01/11/2013 04:22:21 PM · #16
TinEye has been mentioned before on the forums but here it is again.
Try this image of mine.
Volunteers to help ID site owners and send invoices or TDN's welcome.
10% commission paid to agents on successful prosecution once money is in my PayPal account... :)
55 at last count
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01/11/2013 04:10:41 PM · #17
No one, except rosie, steals/has stolen my images, but I looked at the lbn thing and wondered. All the guy does is pick and choose (no chewing apparently) news writings from other places and cobbles them into a package. If you want a little fun read the Wikepedia for him, Michael Levine. I do b'lieve he wrote it hisself. Not that this proves anything, just a little slickness.
01/11/2013 03:49:18 PM · #18
I'm emailing to the address I provided before: tstirk@ih-online.com
ISP: //ih-online.com/

Although whois has this: //www.whois.net/whois/lbnelert.com
Registered through: DK Designs
Domain Name: LBNELERT.COM
Created on: 27-Sep-05
Expires on: 27-Sep-13
Last Updated on: 28-Sep-12

Registrant:
Michael Levine
1180 S Beverly Dr
Suite 301
Los Angeles, California 90035
United States

Administrative Contact:
Kraemer, David webmaster@dkdesigns.ws
DK Designs
42225 10th Street W
Suite 101
Lancaster, California 93534
United States
+1.6617273375 Fax -- +1.6619996500

Technical Contact:
Kraemer, David webmaster@dkdesigns.ws
DK Designs
42225 10th Street W
Suite 101
Lancaster, California 93534
United States
+1.6617273375 Fax -- +1.6619996500

Domain servers in listed order:
NS1.HAMARDIGITAL.COM
NS2.HAMARDIGITAL.COM

HOWEVER... I have not been able to get to Hamardigital (which is listed as https://dazzlepod.com/ip/72.34.58.20/). So I googled and found the owner was Steven Mizrahie (abuse@ihnetworks.com). Not sure who the final person is but I'll keep plugging away.

ETA: I would recommend that every DPCer check out the site's archives, as I saw numerous images taken from here. Even Samantha and Christophe have at least one of their images posted.

Message edited by author 2013-01-11 15:53:35.
01/11/2013 03:37:17 PM · #19
I messaged LBN through that site separately about each of the three images they use of mine without permission.

This is what I said, in case you care:

This image does not belong to you, and you have not acquired permission from the copyright owner to publish it in any form.

Either remove this image, give credit to the photographer (me), or pay me for the use of distributing it to your 474,000 clients.

Please also do this for the other two of my images of which you also have infringed on my copyright.

Also, if you do not want people who are not as civil as I am to take you to court, then Id give credit for every image or wordage that you do not own when you publish it.

Please email me when you have satisfied my request.

I will not take action for ten days, so you have time to comply and inform me.


I'll let you know if he/she ever responds.

01/11/2013 03:21:01 PM · #20
Originally posted by tanguera:

21.gif myqyl, both google and bablefish do decent enough translations into many languages. A simple letter, even with grammatical errors, should be enough.

Mike, I just typed a message in the contact box, and it fit just fine. The ISP is Iron Horse, and I'm now writing to tstirk@ih-online.com.

Will keep you posted.

FYI, I have nothing on any stock site but Getty. None of these images are on that site.


i did the same, for some reason it was limiting my characters yesterday.

do you have the contact info for the ISP?
01/11/2013 03:20:20 PM · #21
Originally posted by tanguera:

FYI, I have nothing on any stock site but Getty ...

Oooo, cool!

So I take it that I can paste the image's URL into the search box and it should do the same?

I'me trying to figure out how I can check the 2000 or so images I have posted here ... :-(
Originally posted by JH:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

Most microstock sites provide no information about who downloads an image; that's one advantage (possibly) provided by macro-stock sites with rights-managed downloads ...

Not to derail the thread, but if you have a popular image, how are you supposed to know who paid for it and who 'borrowed' it?

I'd let you know if I had any popular images ... :-)

Message edited by author 2013-01-11 15:23:53.
01/11/2013 03:15:54 PM · #22
21.gif myqyl, both google and bablefish do decent enough translations into many languages. A simple letter, even with grammatical errors, should be enough.

Mike, I just typed a message in the contact box, and it fit just fine. The ISP is Iron Horse, and I'm now writing to tstirk@ih-online.com.

Will keep you posted.

FYI, I have nothing on any stock site but Getty. None of these images are on that site.
01/11/2013 02:59:41 PM · #23
i have nothing on stock sites and have not been contacted about use.
in fact, after applying watermarking filters yesterday, one of the search results (chocolate one) came up in google with the URL for the non-LBN website i linked, and in the google cache the image had the watermark, so they were directly linking to the source image with html code but nothing on their page alluded to it.
it's not there any more, but i'm willing to bet when i go home and pull the image back into google (or if someone here would like to check, by all means be my guest) it'll still be listed in the google image search on their website
01/11/2013 02:47:47 PM · #24
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Most microstock sites provide no information about who downloads an image; that's one advantage (possibly) provided by macro-stock sites with rights-managed downloads ...

Not to derail the thread, but if you have a popular image, how are you supposed to know who paid for it and who 'borrowed' it?
01/11/2013 02:45:47 PM · #25
Originally posted by JH:

Oh would anybody like a good laugh about my best facepalm to date?

Turns out he licensed my photo from istockphoto. Needless to say I had to apologise profusely in my reply to him. lol

Anyway, top tip - check your stock sites first before sending out take-down notices :)

Most microstock sites provide no information about who downloads an image; that's one advantage (possibly) provided by macro-stock sites with rights-managed downloads ...
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