Below you can read the comment I've just written on a review by a very stupid blogger. I recognised my photograph straight away. No credit, no nothing.
I'm afraid these days I don't just get annoyed with these very lazy people........ I get even.
If there is no action on the part of the blogger within a very tight time limit, I then report the blog to Google and their website host ISP for copyright infringement.
Quite often these days I don't even bother telling them what I'm going to do - I just do it. It saves time and having to deal with ignorant people who invariably whine. (I'm writing as somebody who has had to deal with very many plagiarists and I've learned about the character of those who infringe.)
If it's a blog that a number of people have reported for copyright infringement the result seems to be that it gets deindexed. Otherwise they seem to deindex the post. Depending on who the host is I've known blogs disappear completely. This most often seems to happen when you find the ISP and they pull the plug on the website. A lot of ISPs seems to take a dim view of plagiarists these days - ever since Google got strict about duplicate content. :)
"REMOVE MY PHOTOGRAPH of Spencer Murphy from your review immediately. If you want to review exhibitions, I suggest you get an invite to the press review, take a camera and take your own photos!
This is my photograph of Spencer Murphy
taken at the press preview and appearing in
Spencer Murphy wins
Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize 2013
My blog clearly indicates all images are copyright protected.
This is the short version
“© Katherine Tyrrell 2005-13 Unauthorised use or duplication of ANY material on this blog without written permission is prohibited. Please respect copyright of all artists featured here. SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM”I’m very practised in reporting plagiarists to Google. Should this photograph not be removed in the next 48 hours, I shall be reporting this blog to Google as a copyright infringement.
Be aware I’m doing you a kindness leaving this note. I’m so fed up with people who steal images that I normally go direct to Google and your blog host. Google is very keen to have reports of people who DUPLICATE CONTENT in their search engine.
Just to be clear – you stole this image from my blog post
I may not leave it as long as 48 hours before reporting you to Google…
A TIP - "Save Page as"!
Once your comment is on the blog (e.g. with the 'comment awaiting moderation' note), save the blog post to file in its entirety
To do this you Go to "File" and then "Save Page As". This creates a complete offline copy of the page as seen on the website.
It's very useful for those who dispute what was on the website/blog.
MORE TIPS! Information for Artists about Copyright and Tackling Plagiarists
I have three websites which might help those who need to learn more about copyright, copyright infringement, how to find out if their artwork has been copied on to another website and how to tackle those who plagiarise
- How to do a reverse image search
- Copyright for Artists
- Pinterest, Copyright and Spam - for Visual Artists & Photographers