stolen images

3D Model of Comedy Central Logo

3D Model of Comedy Central Logo

Apparently, some people love to enhance their website with artwork and illustrations taken from other people without their knowledge or consent.

My work seems to be fairly popular among online thieves.  On the one hand, it’s kind of flattering; one the other hand, I just wish they would give me credit for my efforts or at least ask permission to use the image.  I guess the fault was mine for not adding a watermark to all my images.  I am doing that now, though.  What do you bet some of these images start to come down as I add my watermark?

(update 03-28-2011): I’ve decided to remove the links to the offending sites that have used my images (DOH!), but here is a list of some of my images appreciated by image thieves who failed to either request permission or give attribution:

  • Comedy Central logo I created in Lightwave 3D
  • Portfolio screen cap from an article on my site
  • Fireplace elevation, interior design illustration
  • Digital illustration of fish
  • WebSphere illustration from my IBM days
  • One of my tornado paintings

For the record, I don’t mind fair use of my images, and perhaps the fireplace illustration above could be considered fair use.  Here is more info on Fair Use of imagery:

Fair use is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as use for scholarship or review. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Read more about Fair Use at Wikipedia.