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    To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    To prosecute the perpetrators

    My name is Takehiko Sato. I'm a Japanese photographer. One of my photographic works has been stolen and sold in Europe without my permission. I'd like to have the police arrest them and have them prosecuted.

    If you know the perpetrators who sold the photo at the following website, please email me.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/370422...7651987440551/

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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    Did you put it on the web, or was it a print. If on the web although probably illegal, it is fair game. The same thing happened to me in the early days of the web, thus you never see images of mine except in person.

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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    Was it stolen and put on the 'net? Where?

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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    It's not "fair game" if it's on the web. That's not how copyright works, but is a common misconception. There's also the issue of local copyright laws and international copyright laws.

    As for the image in question - stolen and sold how? You would have quite a slog, in terms of lawyers, paperwork, etc. to get any remuneration, so it's important to establish whether the loss of income equates to $100 or $100,000. If you have discovered that someone printed one of your images at the local drugstore I think it's best you not worry about it.
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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    It gets complicated when considering European copyrights. For example, some images are exempt from copyright, such as architecture or sculpture which are located permanently in public places. Just to make life a little more complicated for the thief, look into steganography which is easy to do. FWIW, Japan follows the Bern Convention so European copyright is fairly applicable.

    Or hire my man, Guido ...

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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    your settings on flickr allow the image to be downloaded at a relatively large file size, so it would be fairly easy for someone to use it.
    consider changing the file size you upload to the web to discourage unauthorized use.
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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    some images are exempt from copyright, such as architecture or sculpture which are located permanently in public places.
    Interesting! I didn't know that. Looking at the image in question, it seems that it might fall under such a category?
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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    I think, but am not sure, that this may be backwards: there are certain type of public art works that themselves have copyright so that your picture may violate that copyright, but that isn't an exemption against your copyright: it's extra protection for them from you using any photos of their art commercially. They own not only the object, but also the right to photos of it.
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/C...subject_matter

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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    It's not "fair game" if it's on the web. That's not how copyright works, but is a common misconception.
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    I think Jim meant fair game as in freely and legally available, but freely available for a crime of opportunity.
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    Re: To my dismay, one of my works has been stolen.

    Quote Originally Posted by stawastawa View Post
    your settings on flickr allow the image to be downloaded at a relatively large file size, so it would be fairly easy for someone to use it.
    consider changing the file size you upload to the web to discourage unauthorized use.
    couldn't agree more with this !

    regarding copyright ...
    at least in the states, if you don't have the copyright registration in-hand
    no lawyer will help and in some instances a judge won't even allow a case to proceed.
    while people put next to their name because they believe an original work
    is copyright'ed at the moment the shutter clicks or they take the image out of the
    fixer, unless it is registered in washington dc it really is a useless feat to try to get $$$ ...
    i have no clue how copyrighted materials work outside the states ...

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