Over the holiday period I conducted an annual audit of my images which are posted on my blog, Flickr account and website. It saddens me to say that this year I have found many more than normal being given away as free wallpapers, used on commercial sites and in some cases being combined with other images to be sold on stock photography sites.
I have supported Creative Commons Licensing for some time now and had no objections to images being used as long as I was attributed as the photographer. My reasoning has always been that some images will be used, with or without my permission, if they are published on the web. Anyone who believes differently is naive. However, I mistakenly thought that by making my images CC with attribution I would at least get some recognition if an image was used. How wrong I was.
Therefore it saddens me to say that as from today 09 Jan 2012 all images I publish to the web, on any site, will now be in low resolution, small size (no greater than 750 pixels on the largest size) and contain a watermark establishing my copyright.
In the meantime I am now in the process of starting DMCA Take Down action where possible.
If you have concerns about the illegal use of your images then have a look at the Photographers Rights Group on Flickr. There is a wealth of advice and information that may help you should you need to take action
MY WORK HAS VALUE!
Photographers’ Rights Group.