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:
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:
Read more about Fair Use at Wikipedia.