You are the goose that lays the golden egg, so..........
You can also make it harder for them(water marks etc) to steal AND OFFER DINKY sized pics.
Most of these folks are hobbyists, I do not treat them the same as business or someone making $ off the item (as the case here), so..........I've done a little bit of my own policing. Most were cool about it.
A few have plagiarize/stolen written works, that really pisses me off.
lol I suppose. Only those eggs are only "golden" for them and not me because I'm not seeing anything from their end.
The thing with using dinky images is that it can't display my work to the viewers as well. You won't be able to see fine hairs off the antennae of the shrimp anymore if I start doing this.
That website looks like a business to me. I let them know to either take down my pictures or pay me for the rights to use them. Let's see what they have to say.
It would be great if they included a note that said "pic by Nick Xyong" or something, did you contacted them to have the credit at least?
Having gone through the trouble of removing my watermarks, very unlikely they'll be referencing me anywhere on their commercial site.
I don't think you need to go to the trouble and expense of hiring an attorney. We had someone who actually bought fish from us, then a year later, used our photos from our ads in their ad on Aqua Bid. A quick e-mail to the moderator of the site and the ad was pulled. I'm sure that if you wrote an e-mail to the moderator of the site in the UK, they too would probably pull the ad. Most sites are very specific about not using other peoples photos in their own ads without permission.
Yes, I'll be contacting the site admin next if things don't progress with the owner.
personally with your photography skills on your shrimp, there is no way I would add your pictures to robots.txt - having them index could be your best potential advertising stream. You just need to make sure everyone knows who stunning shrimp those are in the picture.
I think you need to dump the copyright watermark and add a QR-code watermark in a position in the photo. Why would this work? well most thieves are incline to remove something so important as a "name" like "speedy inverts.com" or whatever. A QR-code still wont shaun away these people from taking your content but it also wouldn't make them go through the hassle of trying to remove it from the picture. Got to remember, thieves are usually lazy - they steal for a reason because they can't create it themselves. So now, They are hoping the traffic won't scan it, but you're hoping people will.
Anyways, if this is scanned it will redirect the person to your page, knowing exactly where that referral came from with analytics. You can then either contact the person with said photo and deem him/her to take it down or tell him to give you credits in his description.
Why not turn a negative into a positive I say. Very easy way and it still lets your pictures be public because I seriously LOVE looking at them.
Thank you for the QR-Code suggestion. Though I'm sure it's well beyond my scope, I'll have my web designer look into it. Thank you!
What about watermarks like these?
I do not find that they detract from the actual image, as I can see right through it and see the image as it would look without it ... and you can get them even less visible than that ... just then it sort of defeats the main purpose of it ... but I mean it's STILL a kick a$$ picture and it shows ...
That looks obnoxious! *kidding*
After the last incident, I developed a few large watermark samples, but never got down to commit to using them 100% of the time and later I just kinda forgot about them. I'll have to pull them out again and start slapping them on all my pictures moving forward, and keep them on.