The good side of the bad side of Photobucket
Earlier this evening I read this thread [link]
in the Rip Reporting Forum. As I was on Photobucket at the time - my account there is neither public nor under this nick - I idly searched for "Welshwench" and found one of my fractals. (I only found it because the person who had it on display hadn't changed the title the jpeg would have got when she downloaded it from here so it was "Autumn_Leaves_by_WelshWench").
So I followed the PB instructions (here [link]
for anyone interested) and reported it, more out of curiousity than anything else
Lo and behold, less than 2 1/2 hours after I sent my mail, I got a reply telling me it had been taken down!
This is the reply I got:Dear WelshWench,
Thank you for your request that Photobucket, Inc. Photobucket removed the
content located at the following
which request was based on your stated belief that such content infringes
your copyrights. As you may be aware, Photobucket does not itself distribute,
store, or make available most of the content or files available through its
service. Rather, most all such files or content are put forth by individual
users, and Photobucket has limited control over the content its users may
choose to share. Nevertheless, Photobucket respects copyright laws and
expects its users to do the same.
Please be advised that Photobucket has removed the above-mentioned content
from its website.
Photobucket's response as set forth herein is a good-faith attempt to
courteously comply with your request at face value. It should not be taken as
an admission or acknowledgement, of any kind, and Photobucket expressly
reserves all rights at law or in equity.
Should you have any questions about this matter, please contact Photobucket's
Designated Copyright Agent:
PO Box #13003
Denver, CO 80201
Fax: (303) 532-1099
Your Photobucket Support Team
I have to say I'm impressed at the speed with which they took action.
I have no reason to suspect, from looking at the rest of that person's pics that they are in the habit of ripping off people, but what really pisses me off about PB is that people can click a link to "buy prints" with the result that the printing company (if no-one else) is making a profit from the fact that someone thinks your work would look good in a frame or on a mug or a mousemat or sweatshirt or whatever. This, as much as anything else, is where I think everyone uploading original work to the net should be focussing their anger and action. It's why I got so annoyed with multiply.com last year, despite the fact that the guy who had lots of my fractals on his pages did so with full credit to me and intended it as a compliment.
If anyone is going to make any money out of my work, I want a share of the action