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Possible Ripper

1. xymonau7 February 2011, 10:20 GMT +01:00

Duchessa's image:
http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mtJN5o4/background

is being offered for sale at this Romanian site:
http://www.art-mall.ro/cumpara/sunset-815767

I suggest you all look for your own images there.

26. Abyla26 February 2011, 9:14 GMT +01:00

More about possible rippers.
@19, David said : ....." Would it be so hard for the image approvers at Fotolia and other for profit microstock websites to occasionally have a glance at the top 100 images from several free stock websites?....."

And are we sure all images at rgbstock are not ripped ?

http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mRtP5BY/Silhouette+Horse+and+Carriage

http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/2dFosaF/Carriage

27. dlritter26 February 2011, 11:51 GMT +01:00

Hi all,

I just found something interesting.

Download this small jpeg

https://files.me.com/daveritter/b0b5be

Compare the left and right sides of this image

On the left we have this image

http://us.fotolia.com/id/23681109

And on the right we have this one

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/227873

To me, other than the color these files are a perfect match.
The images fit over each other perfectly in Photoshop.

This person has over 1300 images on Fotolia.
I'm guessing there may be other ripped images in this collection.

Many of these images are graphics or amateurish 3D renderings or endless copies of various letters of the alphabet so I doubt this is worth pursuing.

But on Fotolia they only seem to respond to takedown notices from the original author of the work.

http://us.fotolia.com/p/201593724

28. xymonau26 February 2011, 12:29 GMT +01:00

The trouble is that Brokenarts appears to have abandoned his images at sxc. I know that doesn't give others the right to sell them, but he has not put in an appearnace for yonks.

29. crisderaud27 February 2011, 1:17 GMT +01:00

The silhouette that Javier makes reference to in post 26 has been removed by the gallery owner.

The issue has been resolved to the best of my knowledge.

30. Groningen28 February 2011, 1:22 GMT +01:00

@26 please stop posting and complaining ;-(

31. Zela28 February 2011, 11:14 GMT +01:00

@30 It's okay. It is solved ;-)

32. Abyla28 February 2011, 12:35 GMT +01:00

Yes, the misunderstanding was resolved and forgotten. The gallery owner of the removed image did the correct and was honest.

33. dlritter8 May 2011, 10:04 GMT +02:00

Another ripper at the usual place...

The ripped image for sale at fotolia;

http://www.fotolia.com/id/7147829

My image;

http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/miO48rM/Timetable+at+the+airport...

I don't immediately recognize any other photos in this thief's gallery but I'll post a link here for others to view and see if other rips are there.

http://www.fotolia.com/p/200591182

This has happened so many times with Fotolia that I am going to consult with a copyright lawyer to see if any punitive damages are a possibility if this were brought to court.

In my past dealing's with these Fotolia jokers they actually implied that they process too many images to check the legality of those images and weather or not they have the right to sell these images or usurp the rights of any original owners.

They (Fotolia) are not going to change unless it impacts them monetarily.

34. xymonau8 May 2011, 11:37 GMT +02:00

Is Fotolia in the USA? Any way to get a lawyer's letter sent to them? They consistently keep the profits from selling stolen images.

35. dlritter8 May 2011, 13:43 GMT +02:00

Fotolia's ivory towers are in NYC.

A lawyer's letter would be the a start... I want to send them so much more than that..

I feel these idiots won't take any notice of their own flawed business practices unless they are brought to a court of law over them.

36. xymonau9 May 2011, 11:57 GMT +02:00

http://www.ritzywallpapers.com/2008/12/2009/03/2008/01/2008/01/abstract.html

Two of TouTouke's images and some others I recognise here. This site has redistributed images of mine previously without permission. The links don't seem to work, though.

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