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Copyright Infringement
SantaFeSandy - 11/16/2015 7:41 PM
Category: General
Replies: 8

So sad to see that a dive buddy who I friended with from this website, a new open water diver, who only had 6 dives under his belt, who I agreed to waive my dive guide fee for, under the premise that I would be attempting to sell him some of my professional images of himself, has turned into a thief, and is guilty of copyright infringement. Rather than pay a small fee to acquire the 5 images he selected, and figured out a way to make his own copy of my work, and then upload my work onto Facebook, as his own.

The actions of this grown man have now put me on guard about diving with recreational divers from this website.

Greg, is there a technical diving section that I’m not aware of?
Eric_R - 11/16/2015 7:51 PM
Have you requested the images be removed from his facebook account?
SantaFeSandy - 11/16/2015 8:10 PM
Yes, I did file a report, and spoke to him directly about his actions, but of course, there is always an excuse. The point is, a thief is a thief, and now that he has figured out a way to steal the images rather than pay, I seriously doubt that he deleted his copy from his own computer. :-(
SantaFeSandy - 11/16/2015 11:46 PM
Happy Birthday Rottekatz.
Greg - 11/17/2015 6:42 AM
I am not sure why you are comparing all recreational divers to someone that infringes on a copyright. That is not a fair assessment. If you are selling photos, I would recommend that you put watermarks all over them until someone does pay...then release the full image without watermarks. Also, if you upload anything to the should not expect to keep people from copying it. Sorry for the problems you experienced. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
Greg - 11/17/2015 6:44 AM
Facebook should remove the copyrighted material. There is a form you fill out with them which asks for proof that the property is yours...then they remove it.

And we do have a technical diving forum category:
davidmgf - 11/17/2015 7:08 AM
Something I do, besides putting a single watermark on my posted images is to make them low resolution - and 72dpi so that a good print cannot be made. As long as someone leaves my watermark in place, which is either at the very top or very bottom of the image, I don’t care if they use it for non-commercial purposes online - it’s free advertising for me.