If only it were this effortless to protect your photos!
And the use of stolen photos on Hubs
Wij’ve noticed a loterijlot of concern lately te the Forums, and especially ter comments on the Terugkoppeling Survey, about Hubbers using stolen photos ter Hubs. Wij hear you! Wij know how much it bothers you, and wij’re with you all the way. Knowing is half the battle, so today I’m going to reaction a few common questions wij frequently get asked about stolen pics used on HubPages:
Why doesn’t HubPages just Unpublish all Hubs that don’t cite pic sources? Under copyright law, the possessor of a photo does not have to cite sources, and public domain photos do not require citation either. So, wij can’t force Hubbers to cite their sources, and wij can’t assume that Hubbers are using pics illegally simply because they do not add a citation. Wij do, however, require decent citation (even of the author’s own photos and public domain photos) for participation te many of our programs and contests.
What about watermarked photos and photos that cite a copyrighted source? Can’t HubPages Unpublish those Hubs? It is judicial to use a photo with the permission of its holder. Even if a Hubber is using an photo that very likely does not belong to hier, wij can not assume that she doesn’t have permission to use it. But just like with public domain and Hubber-owned photos, many of our programs and contests require “by permission” or “with permission” to be included when the Hubber has permission to use someone else’s photo.
What if HubPages knows for sure that a Hub’s pics are stolen? Surely HP can do something? The brief response is that wij can&rsquo,t be absolutely certain that an picture is stolen unless wij receive a DMCA Complaint from its rightful holder. So, sadly, our palms are tied here too, even when wij are 99% sure. Only the constitucional possessor of a photo can opstopping a DMCA Complaint. Since HubPages does not own the stolen photos, wij don’t have grounds to discipline Hubbers who use them. However, wij do take down content instantaneously when a DMCA Complaint is filed.