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Uncle B and me at the car wash today. Car was covered in bird poop. This is a very birdy place.

I got a sort of extortion email at work today. Five years ago on our website, we used a thumbnail-sized photo on a blogpost and…turns out some durned fool grabbed it from a stock photography site. The email was from an agent representing the stockhouse. It demanded £100.

I have a feeling I know how this works. They probably have some kind of bot that catalogues the client’s portfolio and then goes looking for images from it on the web. Running the company name through the internet, quite a few people on forums are calling it a scam. But from what I know of copyright law, it isn’t a scam, it’s just extremely ugly practice.

The thing about copyright law, there’s no statute of limitations. So we could ignore it and they probably would decide it isn’t worth pursuing in the courts, but it would always be hanging out there. And the fact we ignored it would count very much against us and we might owe their legal fees and stuff.

I’m getting legal advice. The question is, are there other problematic pictures from the wayback?


Most of them are mine, but I’ve gotten lazy and pinched images from the online. I’m thinking of going back and removing any picture I think might potentially be a problem. There are only….3,430 posts on the site.

Good weekend, y’all!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 6, 2019, 9:10 pm

And before anyone asks, no…it doesn’t matter that I didn’t make any money off my site. Ignorance doesn’t help, either.

And yes…they have gone after small-time bloggers. One guy complained they wanted £300 for three images from old posts that got about 20 views each.

And actually, the fact I delete the images doesn’t make a difference if they can prove I used them. I’m just betting it’s not going to be worth anyone’s time going to the Wayback Machine when there is SO MUCH low-hanging fruit.

I don’t know what the implications of the new EU directive on copyright are, but I have a feeling it’ll crank this kind of shit up to 11.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 6, 2019, 9:14 pm

That sucks. I wonder how much the attorney keeps from each claim…..

Please keep us posted.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 6, 2019, 9:44 pm

It’s not an attorney, I don’t think. I think it’s a bunch of opportunists, but they’re hooking up with legit photographers and I do believe the practice is probably kosher, if cruel.

Of all the people mad at the internet, photographers are madder than most. Their stuff gets stolen allll the time, and they make the “Napster” assumption that it means money is stolen from them.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 6, 2019, 10:33 pm

Malcolm John Rebennack (born November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 6, 2019, 10:38 pm

I’ve paid. I used a photo that I was certain was military (it wasn’t), that later sold to Getty. I wasn’t going to pay a lawyer to prove I had used it before it was a Getty photo, and it cost me $1500. About seven years later, a bot found a second use on my website, where I missed it previously. It was literally the size of a thumbnail. Only $500 this time. While I mostly used photos that I took myself, this cured me completely. Now I use my own photos exclusively, period. No exceptions. Not even so called free “military” images. I always credited the source, but that was not enough.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: June 6, 2019, 10:46 pm

Is this another “bank holiday” for y’all? Or are you merely starting the weekend early???

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 7, 2019, 3:14 am

If you haven’t seen this, you simply must!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 7, 2019, 11:54 am

And I’m not sure if that was intentional when you linked it, but the original author of the video is having quite a hissy fit over not being given credit in the tweet.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: June 7, 2019, 12:47 pm

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: June 6, 2019, 10:33 pm

Malcolm John Rebennack (born November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter.

He goes back a ways. The first time I heard him on the radio, with “Right Place/Wrong Time,” I thought he was a black artist. The stage name “Dr. John” gave the impression, too, of a voodoo priest or something (“Dr. John meets Marie Laveau!”).

The last time I saw him on TV about five years ago, he didn’t look well. I had no idea he was 72 at the time.

Apparently he also did the theme song for the Blossom TV series.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 7, 2019, 11:46 pm

I was just listening to a few of my favorites by the Dr. last night, including this one from “Triumvirate”. His “In a Sentimental Mood” and Steve Miller’s “Born 2 B Blue” albums were cut about the same time and are full of unexpected gems.

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