Today as a random thing I decided to do a Google reverse image search on one of my more popular photos. Usually Google seems to come up empty handed with most images on the web, but this one time it showed that photo as a banner on a French website promoting Colorado. I am really excited that people do take an interest in my photography, but the photo was used without my permission, without any credit and without any compensation.
Now I am not a hard person to get along with, but if someone wants to use one of my images ask me first. I more than likely will say yes and depending on the usage I will probably request some kind of monetary compensation, not to say that will be the case every time especially if it involves nonprofits that I support. In essence, yes I have donated photos before, and to a regional nonprofit and a local historical society quite recently as examples. For commercial uses you bet I will ask for at least an average rights managed usage compensation.
Below is the image of unauthorized usage
This blog post is in no means an attempt to shame any individuals, businesses or websites. It is an informative post to show the necessity to regularly check the internet for unauthorized usages of ones own images. Something I should have done before, but now I am joining is ImageRights they have a free service for photographers, such as myself, who don’t have a huge problem of copyright infringement. It includes up to 1000 images for their free services.
I am curious to hear from everyone. Anyone else have their images used without permission, and if so what did you do in response?