Surely this topic must be of interest to this list?
Background is this: my friend Arun had posted a photograph of his
family's Onam celebrations last year, in flickr.com
, under a modest
Creative Commons attribution license.
Recently we came across the same image posted in another website, with
no attribution and no copyright information, with a "BizHat.com" layer
over it. In fine MS Comic Sans font, no less. It is posted by a user
called "gallery", with no user information on their profile page.
In fact they have quite a large collection of images there. I would
be surprised if they are the actual copyright holders of a fraction of
those. The website has listed no contact info, other than a feedback
form. (But there's whois, as always...)
Arun has written to the website, and we're waiting to see what's
coming out of it. I would like to seek your advice on what can be
done under such circumstances, under prevailing copyright laws/norms.
And perhaps more imporantly, what can be done to raise awareness:
come to think of it, perhaps the website owners are too naive to know
that it is actually wrong to use someone else's work this way?
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than
your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
-- Richard Bach, "Illusions"