What sites offer downloads of your hub pictures without your permission and what do you do?
After the new Google Algorithm I tried searching google for my name on Hubpages and after seeing all my comments listed, but only one hub, I came across a site called "realmadridwallpapers.org" which was linking to my profile page but also allowing free or premium downloads of a picture from one of my hubs. The pic on this site has a lot more views than the hub! It was not my own picture, but other hubbers are victims of copyright infringement. For instance, some of davenmidtown's beautiful original gardening photos are on there. The link may be good but the theft isn't.
I try to mark all my hubpages photos with something like:
Angelo52 on hubpages.com. Most of my newer photos also include the hub title on them. I consider it advertizing for my hubs. This only works for photos I took myself and own, of course.
That seems a good idea. I never thought of doing that, putting the source actually on the photo. The pic from the hub wasn't mine, but they've put some of my pics from Flickr on their site - can't imagine anyone paying to download those, though:)
I just checked this site, and the first photo I searched for did have a copyright notice on it.
When you publish pics on the web you run the risk of someonelse using them. That's why you should be careful with what your photos contain ( talking more about what's in the background, your door number, your street, things like that ). If you buy something like photoshop you can watermark your pictures. You can also add your web address or just Hubpages name so that if they are used atleast you're getting some credit.
Thanks - but are you allowed to use watermarked photos on Hubpages?
You can also overlay the title of your hub using GIMP or MS Paint. Hubpages has eased up on the no text on photos rule as long as the text pertains to the hub. You just can't use something with a translucent watermark, what stock photo sites use.
Thanks, that's very helpful. I can see I'm going to have to improve my skills in using graphics software!
Yes I quite agree with you Mazzy about the theft. This is why I always put a copyright to my written work, so far it has worked. As for my own pictures I usally water mark them with just my own name. Like you, a while ago I did some research for obtaining free images to illustrate my work, I came accross my profile picture from hubpages. However, I did not watermark this one. I forgot to. I amazed that I am in google images.
Thanks for answering. They have my profile picture on there, too, but since it is only a violin icon, that seems just crazy!
Slightly off topic, but I put a copyright statement in the default templates of Word and FrameMaker so I never forget to include them in a document. Perhaps there is something similar with photos; I don't know enough about the packages I use yet.
Interesting answers here. Before you run out and watermark all your pictures, though, you need to be aware that HP prohibits it. Hubs with photos containing watermarks will be unpublished eventually.
...and photos with low resolution too...I watermarked my photos at the start of my publishing with HubPages in 2010, they have all been requested for removal...
adding your title and profile info in out of the way places is not watermarking, its words on a photo. Watermarking usually makes the photos hard to see by distorting the image because it runs through the photo.
What Angelo52 said. Its similar to what I do and seems to be a great way to go about.
Just to clarify, when you click on the photos on that site to download or see the larger size, it says at the bottom "Posted by the author on 2 October 2012" i.e. today's date. This is false. It says this on the photo from my hub, and I did not post it, and since it has had nearly 800 views each under two different titles, I doubt it was posted today. The filename on the photo file shows it was a hub photo - i.e. it was not posted by the original author either.
It also has this "posted by the author" notice about a photo which is not even mine which has been put in with my Flickr photos. It is there with davenmidtown's photos, too, and there is always a possibility it could be kosher, but I'm naturally concerned it may not be and I emailed him to advise him about it. (Obviously if it is genuine, I'll feel like a dummy!)
I cannot find any actual copyright notices, (though WannaB Writer says she found one) though this "posted by the author" is obviously there to make people think it's all above board. All the "posted by the author" notices give today's date, so I guess it's been a very busy day there!
If its OK, I have a link to document what I saw, although it also said on the page (not the copyrighted image) that it was uploaded by the author Oct. 2, 2012 (today). http://realmadridwallpapers.org/soccer/poison-oak
Thanks! I see that the copyright has been incorporated in the picture as people are recommending. I thought you meant the site itself had acknowledged the copyright:) How blatant is that - they even put up stuff with a copyright showing on it!
Anytime you share a picture on a site, you risk having it stolen by a site you didn't intend to have it. When I post on a public site, I make sure my photos wouldn't be very useful for those who want material for print on demand sites. I make the images just right for use on blogs, hubs, and lenses and keep the resolution at 72. This makes them load faster and makes it pretty hard to get good enlargements. Most print on demand sites I know of need at least 150 resolution.
I realize that still leaves me open to people stealing my photos to use on their online blogs and articles, and most sharing sites I use (Photobucket for sure) tell you up front that by posting you are giving anyone permission to use your photos for anything. So I only upload pictures there I don't mind others using, or I hide them from the public search in private folders.
Keeping the resolution low sounds like a good idea! I wouldn't mind people using my photos really - but not selling them for a profit behind my back! And if using my hubphoto they could at least link it back to the hub! They didn't.
Sadly there are people and organizations that steal things (go figure in the real world we have prisons:-))- if you don't want a picture copied then don't put it on the web.
Some of the ideas suggested here might at least put some people off stealing. I don't mind people using stuff in blogs, but selling it for cash, that's not on!
This has been going on for centuries. The best we can do is "sign" our work (Copyright (c) Name, Main hub page, year first published.) If HubPages doesn't let us do that.... Well, they won't be seeing original photos or art on my articles again.
I totally understand how all of you feel here, but this is a fact of life on the Internet. This has happened to me now on three different separate occasions, and I have even gone as far to have written a hub months ago on this one particular topic - http://goody5.hubpages.com/hub/Stole-wh … -hub-pages
File a DMCA against "realmadridwallpapers.org" and in the building of your case, notify HubPages of the theft, and give them the same information required to file a DMCA report against the site; and or those stealing photos or any other work.
I am including the link to the PDF for the DMCA. It will help to know what this Act contains and how to make it work for you.
Thanks for this, it is very useful. In my case, the photo they took from the hub wasn't my own, but they clearly do sell people's original photos, so it's worth checking if you use a lot of your own pics.
Excellent advice! If we don't defend our rights often enough, we will lose them sooner or later. Standing up for ownership of your work is important!
Photos taken by me with my name as the source have been taken off my hubs by people posting in Pinterest. While I am flattered that they like the photo, it then can be picked up by anyone on the Internet. A fellow hubber took one of my photos off Pinterest (honestly not knowing it was mine) to use in his/her hub. When I read the hub and viewed my photo in the article, I nearly keeled over. I sent an e-mail to the hubber and explained the situation with the link to my hub the photo was originally from. The fellow hubber graciously creditied me with the photo on his/her hub. I was very grateful. This is why I am not a fan of Pinterest.
If you don't want your photos pinned, why not disable pinning on your hubs? Just change your settings. I pin hubs I really like to help promote them. If someone doesn't disable the pinning, I think It's OK.
WannaB Writer & suzettenaples, re; Pinterest. When I post a link to my Hubs on Pinterest, the photo ends up being a separate entity, from the Hub. So, if in the Hub, you have linked to the owner of the photo(s) it will still show as the Pinner.
Lilly, if you click on the picture and keep clicking, it leads to the original source. Try it. If I pin a picture of a recipe I want to try, it's just a picture. But if I want the recipe, I keep clipping until the original source comes up.
I knew nothing about Pinterest, but I guess I need to learn a bit more to prevent situations like this from happening to my work. I shoot or draw almost all of my own images.
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