[Editors Note: This was one of many older draft postings I figured I would finally publish. This posting was originally written in June this summer, and then finalized this week while my two sons were banging away at the keyboard (hence the slightly disjointed sentence structure)...]
As I drove through Wheatly this summer to see the great breeding birds (Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow) at the campers cove location, I had driven by a nice little natural area called Two Creeks Conservation Area. Naturally, I had blogged about driving through Wheatley and passing this nice conservation area. When I mentioned the area, I figured I would link to it, so I googled it and found that it had an official website! So low and behold, I serendipitously realized they were using my Bay-breasted Warbler photo I had posted on my Flickr account from a few years ago!
|This is my original photo. Notice the "Tilda" symbol ~ which had its own meaning to me|
|Stolen Photo! I don't know if I should be angered ... or flattered?|
So, there is no mistaking it, the photo above is my photo. I have it posted online on my flickr account here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwaynejava/4617257832/sizes/l/
Following up with Two Creeks Conservation Area-
I emailed the webmaster/manager of two creeks with a very clearly and politely asking them to give me credit for the photo or to simply remove the photo. Their first answer (after I clearly explained that they had taken my photo):
Then after clarifying one more time that I had not submitted photos to them, they reply:
I'm not going to let this incident bother me or prevent this incident from further sharing my photography online. I'm not going to pursue legal action. I'm not going to inject annoying watermarks either. I just thought I would share this story. In a way, image theft might be the most sincere form of flattery. I have a list of 10+ people/organizations that have used my photography, and I guess this might be one more satisfied (but reluctant to give credit) customer.
PS: To get the special character © ... You simply hold [alt] as you type 0169.