Use of our photos, text, etc.
When we first started to include photos into the catalog back in the
1980's life changed. Finding photos for the idea you're describing is a
lot of time and work. Sometimes it takes a year of waiting and hours of
time to get a photo of the plant or animal. Sometimes we leave at 6
AM, get back at 1 AM to get a photo of something in the wild.
And then we get the folks that build their blog or website by taking
our photos and using them as their own. Some have gone as far as
copying the text (misspellings and all) and photos and claiming that as
their own. Each photo is worth a few hundred dollars, grand theft
bloggo? As easy to steal as candy on a shelf outside of a store,
but worth a lot more.
If you wish to use a photo from someone else's website you need to
contact them for permission, and then at least credit them with a link
back from your site. Embedding an image in your site with a link back
to where it came from seems
to be the minimum the search engines are demanding.
Many of the photos took a lot of time and money to take. A person
a little html so the site that 'gave' the photo does not get
by the search engines. To add to our distaste of sites that steal our
photos, search engines have a tendency to down grade our images
and put the posers sites high in the search results. So we spend 5
hours taking,(standing in a bush and getting bitten,) processing
and posting an image, the image floats to the top of
the search results, someone steals it, we drop to 70th, or disappear altogether, and our image
their site goes to #1.
It's gotten so bad that many sites are shutting off access to their
images. We had to watermark ours. But they're still being stolen.
I not sure why, but if one of our images for a plant is stolen, all our images for that plant disappear.
But!! We allow the use of any of our photos for free, (as long as a site
follows a few
because all of our photos are
licensed under a Creative
We've filed at
least 1000 (2000?) Copyright Infringement Notices (DMCA
We do not
want to have to deal with it, but we were disappearing from the search
results and our customers could not find us. Many of the
sites that took our content were downright offensive. Our Redwood
photos were on gun sites with guys in camouflage gear hiding behind the