Organized photo stealing from TE!

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  • I found this one Travel Guide site full of TrekEarth photos! It seems that all the photos on the site have been stolen from TE. I spent just a little time on the site but still I found about 20 TE photos.
    Ther is also two photos of mine so I know they didn't ask our permission to use the photos.

    Here is the list of the members whose photos I found:

    Miha2ou7
    rstouffl
    mikele_pl
    onthemove
    TravelerNL
    thor68
    maltagirl
    leonorkuhn
    miumiu
    Karmenu
    mdetay
    tarantaevv
    anes_lc
    joaschmidt
    ellelloo
    Maged
    dumbo

    I'm sure there is much more TE photos so please check the following link:
    http://www.finland-travel-guide.info/

    Just click some of the links on the site and you will find more and more TE photos.
    From the bottom of the page you can find stolen photos from different countries by clicking some of the links.

    The web sites are really official looking and there is even European Union flag on the site logo.

    I'm just thinking if someone is making money with our photos without our permission we should do something. But what can we do?
  • Re: Organized photo stealing from TE!
    I too was amazed while doing a Google Search on "Ahwaneecee" a few days ago to see my TE photo of Yosemite's El Capitan as the first site listed.

    I think there is pro and con on having photos used by others. TE is a public site which means almost anyone has access, and therefore the capability to view, or copy (steal). In America to use a copyright photo for profit without permission is illegal, but then very hard to prosecute.

    As far as profiting by printing and selling your photos, it is highly unlikely because of the pixel resolution under 300 kb's. Certainly web images can be used but then I look at it as a form of free advertising, or linking to other sites like Google and Yahoo do. If you have a website, I think it is a good way to network with others and companies to drive business to your site.

    I would suggest contacting the offending Company and request a written credit attached to your photos. Another approach would be to request payment in the future before posting. I suspect making copiers aware of your copyright protections, may persuade them to think first before copying again?
  • Re: Organized photo stealing from TE!
    wow, for me that is almost an honor.*g* too bad it is one that makes me angry.

    thanks for the info...i haven´t found the photo from me yet,
    must be from cologne i guess...

    i was not asked by them, so they really owe an explanation and even more...

    thanks again & best wishes, thor.
  • Re: Organized photo stealing from TE!
    Hello thor,

    I found your photo called *Christ Church Cathedral*.
    See the link:
    http://www.ireland-travel-guide.info/

    It doesn't disturb me that my photo is on the travel guide site (actually is an honor) but it does that they didn't ask my permission.

    Regards,
    Eino
  • Re: Organized photo stealing from TE!
    yes, that looks like mine.

    i found another one from cologne at
    http://www.germany-travel-guide.info/
    but it seems to be gone now...the big one with the cologne panorama looks like it is the one from kryger:
    http://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=5&p=593169
  • found a third one...*grrr*
    my view from bruges..
    http://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=5&p=641859

    here:
    http://www.belgium-travel-guide.info/
  • ..and a forth one.
    this is really getting annoying...

    Neues Palais
    http://www.eutravelagent.com/

    mine:
    http://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=5&p=475854
  • Re: this is really getting annoying...
    And your not the only one...
    I found a second one of mine and I would like to do something to this problem but what... I don't know.
    Any ideas?
  • Re: this is really getting annoying...
    i guess i will use their contact-button and write them an email asking them for "explanations"...
  • Re: this is really getting annoying...
    That's a good idea. Don't bee too kind=)