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From: "Michael Mahan" <agavestar at covad.net> on 2007.07.02 at 11:04:45(15920)
You are right ! My posting was not meant a Legal Advice to
Anyone. Just a way to inform the members how to stop people selling on Ebay
from using anyone’s photo’s . It was explained to me that Ebay
could be exposed for a class action if they did not address the problem (agin
this is not legal advice ) & they figured out how to make some cash by
doing what they are now doing while also protecting themselves at the same time
with the new policy of removing the offending auctions without refunding the
listing fee’s . As Michael Pascall pointed out the bromeliad
folks are way on top of their images as they should be as their data base is
huge with some Very fine photo’s of some really rare plants Michael
Mahan (who is not a lawyer & not offering any legal advice to anyone

Subject: [Aroid-l] Copyright

From: "Wayne" <wmrazek at argotech.net> on 2007.07.02 at 20:44:28(15932)
This topic has been interesting. I had not
considered how valuable photos are considered until Alan posted he was removing
pictures from his site because people were copying them. I think listing
a link to a site in an auction should be OK, as most people publish to the
web with the intent to generate traffic, the more the better.

But I don't see how Ebay can get in the middle of a
dispute of who owns a picture. It sounds like I can shut down anybody's
auction by emailing Ebay and claiming the photo is mine?


From: Tony Avent <tony at plantdelights.com> on 2007.07.03 at 08:47:07(15935)

It's been discussed before, but stolen photos used on the web are
governed by the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). It does work
since I know of entire websites that have been shut down for using
copyrighted photos. You'll find this link an interesting read.

Tony Avent

From: anton huang <anton_huang84 at hotmail.com> on 2007.07.06 at 03:32:13(15951)
Dear all aroiders,

My personal opinion, i think for personal protection of our photos,pictures, illustrations or anything that we want to publish it online, we should put watermark (logo of your company, or your name) into it. So when people start using it, they know it belongs to who..(or even put your email in it). That's my suggestion. I hope it help.

Kind regards,


From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.07.06 at 09:31:14(15953)
Great suggestion. The problem is anyone who
has PhotoShop can remove it in minutes. So far, no program I've uncovered
has been able to defeat a creative (or devious) PhotoShop user.

Steve Lucas

From: "Weaver, Bill" <bill.weaver at hp.com> on 2007.07.06 at 10:35:51(15955)
I highly recommend Watermark Factory ( http://www.watermarkfactory.com/ )
It will watermark as many files as you want. Plus, once
you get a watermark
you like, you can save it and use it over and

Bill Weaver

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