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Help! My Photograph has been Stolen! – What to do when my Copyright has been Infringed

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Lance Long

Pro Photographer who loves photo-walking and capturing Time-Lapse Photos.

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It can be frustrating and disheartening to have your work stolen or used without your permission as a photographer.  You worked so hard to create this work of art, just to have it stolen and used without any compensation.  Before the ultimate worry begins to take over and you contact your copyright lawyer, here are some steps you can take if someone steals your work:

 

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  • Document the infringement: If you suspect that your work has been stolen, it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible. This may include screenshots of the unauthorized use, copies of any contracts or licensing agreements, and any other relevant documentation.

 

 

  • Contact the infringer: If you know who has stolen your work, it’s a good idea to contact them directly and inform them of the infringement. This can often be enough to resolve the issue and stop the unauthorized use.

 

  • Notify the relevant authorities: If the infringer does not respond or continues to use your work without your permission, you may need to escalate the matter to the appropriate authorities. This may include contacting the website or platform where the infringement occurred, or filing a complaint with the relevant copyright office or agency.

 

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  • Seek legal assistance: In some cases, it may be necessary to seek legal assistance to enforce your rights and stop the unauthorized use of your work. A lawyer can help you to understand your options and advise you on the best course of action.

 

 

  • Protect your work in the future: To prevent future infringements, it’s a good idea to take steps to protect your work, such as using watermarks, licensing agreements, and security measures. It’s also important to educate yourself on your rights as a photographer and to stay up to date with the laws and regulations that apply to your work.

 

By following these steps, you can take action to protect your work and ensure that it is respected and properly compensated. Remember to stay calm and professional, and to seek legal assistance if necessary.

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