I Lost My Avatar aka F@#$ Getty Images

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by rdowns, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    So I got a PM from arn last night asking me to remove my avatar (below) due to a claim by Getty Images. I've been using the avatar for like 8 years now and get tons of PMs about it (some from pervs).

    I feel like my identity was stolen.

    NOTE: Image below pupportedly copyrighted by Getty Images.
     

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  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    How do they own it? I've seen you use that 'tar since '06 when I started lurking and '07 when I joined.
     
  3. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    how the **** can Getty Images claim anything. They supply royality free images. Sounds like they just got board and want to flex their muscle. We could probably get a large group of them to spam them with hate mail.
     
  4. 184550 Guest

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    Very interesting.

    I wonder if anyone else has gotten a similar PM regarding their 'tar.
     
  5. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    They probably don't own it, they are likely acting as an agent for the photographer who does own it. rdowns was using someone else's intellectual property without permission and without paying for it. "Tut Tut - hope you feel bad."

    That is about as worked up as I can get about that particular mis-use.

    However.... Getty Images also has a reputation for being aggressive when dealing with alleged copyright violations. Very aggressive. This quote from Wikipedia sums it up nicely:
    Generally, they back down when confronted by a competent legal team. I would be curious whether Getty sent a Demand Letter to Arn, or whether they've mellowed a bit and sent a Cease and Desist letter.

    Stock Photo Agencies expect to be paid by people who use images from their libraries. From the payments the agencies receive a portion is then paid to the photographer who took the photograph in the first place. This photographer may be raising a family, running a business, investing in equipment, investing in courses to stay current. This is their work and their livelihood. Getting paid for stock photos that the agency leases on their behalf may be how they make their living. As I photographer I respect the work that stock photo agencies do on my behalf.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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  7. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I totally agree with that.
     
  8. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Where did you originally get it?
     
  9. twietee macrumors 603

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    Where's yours btw? I got used to that mustache :D
     
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    from a fast google search it seems like Getty Images is trying to open law suits against everyone ....
     
  11. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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  12. arn macrumors god

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    Here it is on their site:

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/p...underwear-high-res-stock-photography/10180451

    arn
     
  13. FrancoisC macrumors 6502

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  14. rdowns thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    I have no idea. Was so long ago.
     
  15. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Royalty free doesn't mean there's no cost to use the image.

    On the documentary linked in my sig we had some issues with Getty, as well as others, attempting to claim copyright over media that was in public domain. Hell, one low cost sound library even tried charging us to use one of the pre-composed tracks from Apple that comes bundled with the Final Cut Pro Suite. :rolleyes:
     
  16. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    I wonder if they are going to contact other places you might be using the avatar.

    FB, twitter, youtube???
     
  17. 184550 Guest

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    I'm having a personality crisis at the moment. :p

    Just decided to be 'tarless for the time being.
     
  18. stridemat Moderator

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    Nice competitive rate to license the image too :rolleyes:

    What I don't get is what is the original photographer actually loosing by letting it be used as an avatar? He certainly will not gain anything from enforcing the claim.

    Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 19.07.29.png
     
  19. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    See that is what is rather sad is they try to steal money from something that is in the public domain. It is rather low and I bet it would drop like a rock if they were forced to pay the legal fees of the people they tried to steal money from.
     
  20. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    TinEye shows 188 results for the avatar pic so I guess they are not doing a good job protecting their stuff.
    I guess it's an opportunity for you to get a real version of the pic.
     
  21. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Sorry to hear about the hassle rdowns. That's frustrating.
     
  22. yg17 macrumors G5

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    You've been using that avatar for as long as I can remember, it's like your trademark. I saw you without it earlier and was wondering where it went.

    Greedy bastards.
     
  23. LorenK macrumors 6502

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    You can always take a similar picture. Why not one with the model pulling down voluminous tighty whities?:D
     
  24. Surely Guest

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    I say that you use a picture of stridemat with his skivvies around his ankles for your next avatar.:D
     
  25. stridemat Moderator

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    I wouldn't mind that :D
     

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