It was a fine evening when I was checking my email and I got an email from a reader (by now I have couple of readers), directing me to a blog owner by W. James Canty Jr., a food photographer from Washington DC, saying that his blog was copying posts from this food photography blog and these posts were being used on Mr. Canty’s blog.
Update 2: The blog owner contacted me more than once and it seems his webmaster messed up.
How to Deal With Content Theft
Several readers mentioned couple of options and ways to deal with content theft. These include:
- Contacting Google and filling out DMCA form
- Contact their Host and file a complaint with them
- IF the site is using Adsense or any ads, contact the ad agencies
For more details read the comments below.
I visited the blog and indeed, articles were copied from headline to the last sentence (including some typos that I had in the original post). No permission taken, no proper credit given. This person is not only using the posts, but is also earning money using Adsense and other revenues streams. I was very shocked to see that a food photographer had copied the post without permission, not given credits the right way (credit was given in a very ambiguous way) and was earning money on his blog. I say shocked because as photographers, we understand the amount of work that goes into creating just one photograph. We as a photographer would not like anyone to steal our images and use them without our permission. See the image below from his sidebar and notice how many titles (and the content) are exactly the same as on this blog. As I said, this blogger has copied every word in these articles without permission, has not given any appropriate credit and is earning money from this content. Click the above screenshot to enlarge and see how almost all recent articles have been copied without permission and credit.
Thank You for Your Support
Friends and readers, thank you for your emails and support. Many of you contacted and notified about this, thank you for emails and tweets. Special thanks to lva from Lucullian Delights.
Images and Content on This Blog
Content on this blog is original and lot of time is spent developing the content, building relationships and chatting with other food photographers. Once the content is published on the blog, it is a copyright property of LearnFoodPhotography.com and its owner.
I often use images and food photos in posts that are taken by other food photographers, as an example of a great photo. The copyright and usage rights for these photos belong to the photographers and I use the photos only after getting permission from the photographer. An appropriate credit and link back is given to copyright holder/owner.
What Would You Do
While I am thinking of pursuing several options on how to deal with this theft. Has this happened to you? Do you know someone who has gone through the same incident? What have they done? Will very much appreciate any suggestion or advice from you. Please leave a comment below.
Update 1: James sent me an email. It seems from his email that he did not know the content was being used on his blog.
Good Morning Neel,
Thank you for informing me of the use of illegal content from your site. All content has been removed.
All, Thank you for your emails and comments and tweets. I appreciate the support.
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