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Copyright Rules for Images on the Web


All too often, people think they can copy, use and even sell images they find online. This common misconception cost designers, artist, writers and third party interests immeasurable losses to reputations, traffic and income.

Digital images found online are the sole right of the artist / designer / creator unless otherwise stated. Digital images are date-stamped and all proprietary digital content can be traced back to it's origins. All rights to download, reproduce or sell images online remain that of the artist / designer / owner unless formal traceable written agreements state details to the contrary.

Copyright agreements regarding the use of www.kimhunter.ca content fall under 3 categories.

Vancouver artist Kim Hunter - Copyright rules online Shared - not for profit copyright
- Copying, sharing, posting or reproductions of images for educational purposes or specific not for profit purposes must attribute the works to the artist. Online content must be accompanied with source links or visible credits to the artist's website
eg: Image by www.kimhunter.ca or Painting by Kim Hunter
Non-profit or educational use of this artist work for print must have written consent to confirm legal limited use of the artist's work.

Vancouver artist Kim Hunter - Copyright rules online
Shared - for profit copyright

- Shared copyright for profit rights of a specific image is purchased and shared with the artist and other 3rd party interests. Shared for profit use must be established by the purchase of shared copyright or wiith prior written consent and is limited to agreements for specified or limited applications.

Vancouver artist Kim Hunter - Copyright rules online
Sole copyrights

- Sole copyrights pertain to agreements for the sole right to use, distribute, copy, print, sell or share images online or in hard copies. Sole rights for commercial or private graphics, logos, digital images, paintings or purchased original works of art must be purchased. The sole rights of an image to use, copy, print or sell in any capacity the buyer sees fit is established with the purchase of the sole rights of an image. The cost to purchase the sole rights of a graphic, design or art work is generally 50% of the cost of the original purchased design. Limited sole copyright agreements are also available for limited duration use or use in limited capacity is also available.

If you are interested in using, copying, printing or sharing images by artist / designer Kim Hunter,
contact us at info@kimhunter.ca for more information.

 

For more information regarding digital copyright laws on the internet see:

Copyright Law for Artists

Artist's Resources for Stolen Designs and Works Online

Retaining copyright, finding stolen art and having the copyright infringing image removed is a tedious and necessary process to retain control of your art work online.

First, upload your original image or copy and paste the the address of your original work to a free reverse image search online.

images.google.ca

Click the little camera icon in the search bar for the reverse image search window in google.
Optionally, you can refine search by choosing dates in the dropdown to "crawl" dates of original post, dates and lists theft and all sites featuring your art or design online.
One listing may be more current than others. Cross referencing with a second or third free reverse image search application is helpful in finding your work posted by third parties.
www.tineye.com

The first step to reigning in the theft of your images is to try to contact the owner of the site that is in illegal possession of your image. Most legitimate sites have some form of contact information and are happy to remove the stolen image once alerted to the copyright infringement by email.

In the case of a website being in another language, you can find the contact information using a free web translator service to translate a web site from any language into any language.
Web Page Translator

An email alerting the web site owner of the infringement is the start of your "paper trail" in your attempt to regain your rights. A polite email is often enough for most honorable people to remove the stolen image. If only a phone number is available, phone calls needs to be documented with dates, times, content of conversation, contact name, etc. Comment sections provided on sites are not always reliable as you have no way to confirm your message was received. Another great service for sites in other langauges is the online translators. You can paste your notice into the translator to create a copy in the lanuage of the infringing site for your email copyright infringement notice.
Text Translator

Many people either don't know they are in possession of stolen property while others attempt to refute claims of infringement. If reason and proof does not resolve the copyright infringement, if you are unable to contact the owner or are unable to resolve the problem directly with the owner of the infringing website, you get to go hunting. ;)

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First , you must find their IP address.
Copy the web page address of the infringing site, eg: http://www.thief-site-here.com
To find the "I.P. address paste the web address into the space proved by one of these free
website to IP converter services online:
Convert URL to IP Address
You may want to cross reference the IP as some click bait and more fishy sites will bounce around to different web hosts.
Convert IP to Host or Vice Versa

Once you have the IP address (eg: 123.45.678.910) you can find their website host.
IYou will need to email the host of the infringing site with a copyright notice.
You can find the thief's website provider or Host using the same free converter services listed.

Most website hosts require a standardized copyright infringement format. This format is called a DMCA copyright take-down notice. Many large website hosts or 3rd party sites like Amazon or Etzy provide a standardized "Abuse / Copyright Infringement & DMCA Violations" form you can fill out on their website or snail mail them a hard copy of the notice.

Effective DMCAs require very specific details about the copyright infringement.
If the host does not provide a standard form, submitting a DMCA copyright infringement notice is pretty straight forward once you've hunted down the culprit's host.

Below is an example of an effective DMCA Copyright Infringement Takedown Notice
personalize your details, delete directions included in darker purple


Notice of copyright infringement
Copyright infringement not limited to but including:
(copy and paste the web page that features your stolen art)
website: http://www.thiefs_site_here.com
(right click on the image on the site to "view image", copy the address of the image)
image location: http://www.thiefs_site_here.com/your_stolen_image.jpg
I.P. Address: 000.00.000.000
(found using the website to IP service linked above)

IP Host: Name of website host provider
(found using the I.P. to host service above)

web site name: THIEF'S SITE HERE

Infringing content at (ADD THIEF's SITE HERE -> eg: www.thiefs_site_here.com) discovered using google reverse image search algorithm services. Use of the said proprietary commercial image without prior written copyright agreements is in breech of international copyright laws. With no written copyright agreement, the use of the commercial (DETAILED NAME / DESCRIPTION OF STOLEN ART) featured on the site (EG: http://thiefs_site_here.com) infringe international digital copyright laws.

Please remove the stolen images.

See copyright holder, source of theft and (OPTIONAL ->) third party commercial interests affected by the copyright infringement of this proprietary image here:
(EG: ADD YOUR WEBSITE or OWNER OF IMAGE DETAILS HERE)

The effected parties of these copyright infringements are listed but not limited to the following:
(ADDTIONAL LINKS PROVING OWNERSHIP)
http://.........
http://........
http://.........
http://.........
http://.........

(IMPORTANT to include the required following details)

I have a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law.

The information provided in the notice is accurate, and I swear under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the intellectual property owner.

Full Name
Full Mailing Address
Telephone Number
Email

Kind regards,
Your Name Here (digital signature)


I hope this helps clear up the rules regarding copyright laws for art and images online
I hope this helps other artist retain and reign in the rights to their work online.


Disclaimer: Although I have personally resolved all copyright infringements of my works to date using this standardized format,
The information contained is for educational purposes.
I lay no claim to the success or failure of other's attempts to retain the rights to their art work or to have pilfered works removed online.
I take no responsibility and hold no liability for the outcome of copyright disputes of any third parties using this infomation.

See Copyright Law for Artists for more information

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