Like my photos? I now have my very own website! I will post all my zoo trips here and many more shots than I post on DA... www.kjrwildlifephotography.comUPDATE - hopefully the problem detailed below has now been resolved, thanks to everyone for their adivce!Determined Art Thief, any advice?
So I returned from my wedding and honeymoon (see below!) so happy and relaxed, logged into DA and found a pretty determined sounding art thief commenting on my work saying that they had copied my images and that they can do this as in Iran copyright law doesn't apply. It is true that Iran does not give copyright protection to overseas parties. But that doesn't mean people there have a right to steal people's work and call it their own, its still morally wrong surely!?
I sent them a polite response asking them to...
1. clarify what they are doing with my images, their english isn't too good so I don't know if they are just copying them to enjoy on their computer privately (a bit weird, but not something I have a problem with really) or if they intend on distributing them or something which I obviously WOULD mind.
2. I pointed out that even if in their country there are no laws preventing them from stealing art, its not very nice to do it especially when the artist explicitly says not to do so on all their work.
3. That deviantart, as a site, probably would not support what they are doing even if technically its legal in their country (see this big article they just made! The Art Theft Discussion
4. Iran is actually in the process of joining the various international copyright conventions, so what they are doing will soon infact, be illgeal.
Now the thief did not take too kindly to my repsonse, and immediatly jumped to the 'threats and accusing me of being mean' stage of conversations with these kinds of people. They have even threaten: "i will publish all of images without your permit and as own." Which is surely just being a mean art thief?
Any advice about what to do? If they are just copying the images to look at on their laptop or something I really don't care but if its something more then I want to at least know. I feel like they are refusing to communicate and that my only option is to report them on the DA system
The particular photo they commented on is here if you want to have a look: Riverside Tiger
Ugh to come back to this, its just so depressing. I was excited to share some of the beautiful creatures I saw on my honeymoon with you guys but this just makes me feel like why should I, when nasty people just take advantage of you In other news, wedding and honeymoon!
Yes I am now happily married to my best friend and soul mate, we had the best day together and I didn't want it to ever end! We then spent a fantastic two weeks on honeymoon in South Africa, and spent one half on the coast to see marine wildlife and the other half on safari to see the wildlife there. We saw so many incredible things, once I sort through the 2500 photos I took I will post a few here to share with everyone Comissions - are now closed for the time being
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