A Thieving Blogger Stole Your Photo?

Some blogger stole your pic.  Didn’t even ask your permission or give you credit.  The thief took it and used it to illustrate a badly written blog …or a terrible poem.  What do you do? I shall tell you.

1. Quietly e-mail the blogger and ask for your photo to be removed.  More than likely, this will work.  Don’t name call, cuss or mention obscene things about the blogger’s mother…even if what you say about their mother is true.  Just nicely ask to have your photo removed.

Water stream

Photo by Marcus Adkinds

2. Ask for at least photo credit.  Maybe, you don’t mind thieves using your photo for their terribly written blogs.  E-mail the blogger and ask for a credit mention.

3. E-mail and remind the blogger of the law.
What is the law?  Basically, you can sue. Plus force the offender to pay court cost.

4. E-mail their webhost.  If the blogger uses something like WordPress.Com, tell WordPress about your problem.  If anything, WordPress will delete the blog.  Before, you go this route, try e-mailing the blogger first.  If the blogger turns into a jerk, go ahead and talk to the webhost.

5. Sue.  Before you attempt this, let me hand you a visual.  The blogger could be broke.  How are you going to gain any money if the blogger don’t have any?  Also, think of the money you pay for lawyer fees and court cost.

If it’s a big time blogger with money,  I wouldn’t blame you for suing.  Big time bloggers should know better, anyway.

Realize this one thing.  Whenever a photo uploads on the Internet, someone is liable to use it without the photographer’s permission.  My advice?  Lower the resolution, where thieves won’t have much to work with.  At least, a true thief won’t be able to enlarge the photo and sell it.   As for watermarking?  Forget it.  Software exists where watermarking can be removed.

Now, you know how to handle the blogger who stole your pic.  The best route?  E-mail the blogger asking them to remove your photo.

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