In Germany and I’m sure all around the world are some criminals, who are taking advantage of internet user who are not really knowing the copyright law of using pictures.
This comes into my mind when I read about those criminals. I would love to tell them straight in their eye:
And this is why!
I will give you a fictional example, which really exists, just with other products. Just to make sure I’m not getting sued by those guys.
There is a website, let’s call it Alex’ Fisherman Guide, which is about all kinds of fish, where to find them, what kind of species and so on. And with tons of pictures. They actually don’t want to give real information to the user, their description is very, very keyword orientated. All pictures are linked in an index page, very good alt description and so on.
The result? Almost every time you type in the name of a special kind of fish, you will find one of their pictures on the first page of Google.
Some hobby fisher are thinking nice picture, maybe I can use this picture on my website. There is no copyright explicit on the photo. Only if you look around on their imprint page, there you find the copyright. That’s it.
Shortly after this, the hobby fisher will receive a letter from a lawyer. Who sued him, in the name of Alex, the fisherman, for using the picture on his website.
I absolutely can understand that! That’s why there is copyright. But Alex the fisherman wants to have 3000 Euro from the hobby fisher for using a picture of shit! In the actual case it isn’t some beautiful fish picture, it really is about some stupid, generic picture of an all day product, it is ridiculous.
Alex the fisherman is attracting people on purpose to use his pictures, so he can sue these people and make quite a bit of money.
In Germany he is right, of course, because they violate his copyright. But that’s exactly what he wants! I’m kind of fine with that but there is no logical comparison of the value of those pictures and the money he wants for it. 600 to 3000 Euro for a picture of for example shit? C’mon!
Google should stop these guys and ban them from their search results. In Germany there are even reports on TV about those guys. Those people sue hundreds of people and making a fortune.
If someone knows anybody at Google or someone of Google is reading that, they should leave a comment and I will send them those people and they can research what’s going on. Many bloggers and readers are really pissed off about this in Germany.
It would be great if Google shows their moral and ban those bastards!
Do you also know some examples where people use copyright to make money?
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