Image searchengine resells your images - without paying you.

 
 

Image searchengine resells your images - without paying you.

Do you have photographs online? You might be interested to know that Kvasir.no, an image searchengine not only displays your images but actually sells them to people for 10 NOK a pop - without sharing the revenue with the people who own the image.

Lets have a look shall we, search on Miklas and the second image is a photo I took of my man in the shoes I made for him a few years back. Search on Dabitch and you'll even find my mother in there. For cat lovers there's my cat, for scooter lovers there's my vespas and for turtle lovers there's my turtle.

Pressefotografforbundet in Denmark have a quote from lawyer August Ringvold who calls it "Plain image theft". Kvasir.no - which is owned by Eniro - defends themselves saying that the images are only shown in 128*128 pixels and that there is no court precedent that forbids this. However, after pissing off thousands of photographers they have removed the "buy this image for your phone"-link, for now.

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Re: Image searchengine resells your images - without paying you.

That is just completely FUBAR. That's just like saying if you only use a small portion of a patented idea it is OK.

Re: Re: Image searchengine resells your images - without paying

I think they're likening it to a quote of a larger work - like quoting a paragraph from a book. Which is ok. I've seen similar reasoning around images before. "If it's small it's ok". Except images are not text. And copyrights aren't patents. But you know that, I know. ;)

Re: Image searchengine resells your images - without paying you.

All I want to know is - is your mom single?

Re: Re: Image searchengine resells your images - without paying

Yes, but way out of your legue mate. ;)

Re: Re: Re: Image searchengine resells your images - without pay

Right. I see. Except when you use a quote or excerpt you also are supposed to state where it came from and who said it. Never seen anyone include that in the arguement about images (although I've not had a chance to fully read the links).

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