In the digital age, many artists, writers and musicians have found themselves to be the victims of copyright theft. In some cases, the intentions are not bad, with bloggers or Pinterest users just wishing to share a particularly beautiful photo, or maybe it’s a YouTube user wishing to share a great song from their favorite band. In other cases, unscrupulous people will knowingly harvest and steal photos, writing or music, and republish it either for sale, or to promote themselves or their own business.
Here at Henna Lounge, we have found thousands of copies of our henna photos floating about on the web, and even some of our local competitors use our photos (without permission). It can be pretty upsetting! I know many other henna artists are encountering the same problems, so I’ve compiled a list of resources to aid in the removal of stolen photos from the web.
Copyright Infringement Notification/Complaint Forms:
Some sites, including Yahoo, don’t have an automated DMCA form, so you will need to submit an email with the following information.
- Your electronic signature (your name typed will suffice)
- A description of the copyrighted work/intellectual property that you claim has been infringed
- The URL (link) of where your unauthorized material appears
- Your address, telephone number, and email address
- A statement by you describing how your rights were infringed (i.e. “my photo was reproduced and distributed without my permission)
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your email is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.