WEB HELP! Website graphics stolen

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  1. ahtnamas

    ahtnamas OT Supporter

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    Hi.

    I recently started a small business which I run to help pay for college expenses.

    A competing website recently stole a generous amount of my pictures/graphics. The guy even had the balls to watermark my stuff.

    So far, I've contacted his hosting service's abuse section as well as written him several emails which were ignored. I obviously don't have the kind of money to take him to court over this.

    I am an artist, and even though these pictures are just website photos, it still really rubs me the wrong way. That's just a line you don't cross, you know?

    He's not hotlinking, else I'd have changed it to goatse.

    Is there anything else I can do? What would you do in this situation?
     
  2. drpepper

    drpepper Active Member

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    threaten him with baseless legal action.
     
  3. Josh

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    link to his site? and yours? what was the content?
     
  4. Deviance

    Deviance Can't you smell that smell? OT Supporter

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    Send a take down notice to his hosting provider. It's free and they have to respond if it is a US based company anyway.

    List every graphic, template, etc. If they do not respond and remove the material, their host is then responsible and generally will take down the whole site.
     
  5. trev.the.enemy

    trev.the.enemy New Member

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    ibjhb the original ib

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    And maybe watermark your own images next time.
     
  7. wayno

    wayno New Member

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    what are the sites in question?
     
  8. maxxpower

    maxxpower OG Lauren Crew - Observer OT Supporter

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    show us the sites, there are ways of pestering :)
     
  9. symptic

    symptic I run companies

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    Keep a refresh macro on all the images he stole hosted on his site to run up his bandwidth cost. Not too advisable though. :p
     
  10. crazybenf

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    This is your only recourse.. and even then, it's probably worthless unless all of your work is copyrighted. (with an actual copyright, not just &copy in a footer. :mamoru:)
     
  11. Oh its me 20

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    He could always come back and say that he had them first. The thread starter needs to be able to prove they are his.
     
  12. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    well if he drew them on a computer he should have the original .psd or something, which the other person won't have
     
  13. Oh its me 20

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    He said they were website photos. If they are just screen shots that have been modified I don't think he has a case.


    I guess either way, until the thread starter posts links of the graphics in question, we won't know.
     
  14. drumbandit

    drumbandit New Member

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    That's not how copyright works. Copyright is automatic from the time the work was created. Registering a copyright is just an extra step, which could help him in litigation.
     
  15. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

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    Send the takedown notice to the host, it should be enough.
     
  16. Supergeek

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    DMCA takedown notice.
     
  17. EkriirkE

    EkriirkE Zika Xenu OT Supporter

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    Law requires immediate action for any and all baseless complaints :bigthumb:
     
  18. Supergeek

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    Yeah, I had it done to me over a generic smiley face background. You know, a circle enclosed by a darker line. From a site that gives out a smiley "toolkit." That's like suing someone that plays with the toy from the Happy Meal.
     

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