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My daughter's partner has found out that a photo of his work has been screenshot and used on Facebook by someone else saying that it is his work. Unfortunately for him he didn't crop out the firm's name from the photos and he has politely asked for it to be taken down and also complained about it to Facebook.

They have now watermarked the remaining photos, but I believe this can be bypassed, is there a way of ensuring no one copies and uses his photos of his work?

Thanks in advance.

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As above depends on where the photo's are stored, if they are on a private website then simply Copyright them with a clause in the legal section that they can't be reproduced. If they are worth a few quid then the webmaster would does the website security would need to disable the copy function

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11 minutes ago, old'un said:

Where are the photos being stored?

You just copy the image of the screen, anybody can download any image

There has been a lot of discussion recently on landlord forums about scammers setting up fake holiday cottages on AirBnB using pictures they copy off estate agents websites like Zoopla or Rightmove. People then book about this time of year for the summer and of course have to pay up front.

When they turn up with their suitcases they find the cottage either doesn't exist or there is somebody living there that knows nothing about it. Needless to say the scammers have deleted their account and disappeared with the money by then.

The same is done with cars for sale

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They have a legal notice saying that the photos of his work are not to be used elsewhere, they are not "valuable" but we believe that they intended to use them saying that they made the items.

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42 minutes ago, johnphilip said:

Just as a side note , any pictures you post on Facebook,  Facebook then had a right to use that picture how they wish . Its part of the agreement  when you post an image .

That’s not true in respect to FB rights, although it is a commonly held belief.

Watermarking is the best bet Henry, although a determined person could manipulate the image to remove.

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1 hour ago, henry d said:

They have a legal notice saying that the photos of his work are not to be used elsewhere, they are not "valuable" but we believe that they intended to use them saying that they made the items.

About the only thing you could do is disable right click on the photos, but you would need access to the website server, but this will only deter the causal downloader, apart from taking legal action its very difficult to stop people downloading your images.

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1 hour ago, johnphilip said:

Just as a side note , any pictures you post on Facebook,  Facebook then had a right to use that picture how they wish . Its part of the agreement  when you post an image .

That I believe is in the latest T&C for facebook but it most likely means that they can take them down or delete them as they see fit. 

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35 minutes ago, figgy said:

Easy way don't put any pictures in Facebook you don't want copying.

It does not matter where you put them, they can download any image they want and its very difficult to stop them.

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Don’t waste your time trying to stop someone saving down the images, there is no way to protect an image if it appears on a screen unless it is HEAVILY watermarked so that it can’t be photoshopped out. I’m a web developer, there are a million ways around a no-right-click piece of JavaScript.

The only thing you can do is ensure the website terms and conditions clearly state that the images are subject to copyright.

The final thing to do is to download a template “cease and desist” type letter  confirming ownership of the image and a strongly worded threat that further use will result in legal action.

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20 minutes ago, Munzy said:

Don’t waste your time trying to stop someone saving down the images, there is no way to protect an image if it appears on a screen unless it is HEAVILY watermarked so that it can’t be photoshopped out. I’m a web developer, there are a million ways around a no-right-click piece of JavaScript.

The only thing you can do is ensure the website terms and conditions clearly state that the images are subject to copyright.

The final thing to do is to download a template “cease and desist” type letter  confirming ownership of the image and a strongly worded threat that further use will result in legal action.

Think they will do that from now on, thanks for your input

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I never copyright any of my work, it’s pointless. All images are naturally copyright of the originator anyway, unless you relinquish this under a formal agreement. 
The only means of recourse is to let whomever is making the claim, know that you’re onto them, and that if they don’t desist prosecution will be considered. 
Some owners, like Disney, don’t  even bother to warn, they just go straight in with prosecution. 

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A number of people have taken to posting on Facebook when they spot a fake. There is a lad near Bolton selling fake Makita and Dewalt drills - resulting in someone posting an advert calling him out.

If the photos in question are on Marketplace - post an ad denouncing them.  

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6 hours ago, Vince Green said:

The same is done with cars for sale

And guns, several people on the Agf have had their pictures put on other websites by scammers advertising guns they don't have.

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henry d - glad it has got sorted for your daughter's partner, but sorry about the other photos. Are they the same photos put on other sites or is he / she using another innocent party's photos?

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1 hour ago, henry d said:

Yes another firms photos, absolute chancer

That's not fair, he's probably been let down by the system and can't feed his family, you should be more charitable, maybe invite him round to take some more photos, give him some money at the same time, euros of course 💶 👍

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