The vast ocean of the Internet can be both a blessing and a curse at the same time. You may find there everything you are looking for and… even more. It might be the unmeasurable space or the illusion of being anonymous which very often lead to some abusive practices. Don’t be surprised if you come across an article blaming you for taking care of your copyrights!
Unfair articles may harm you
Every single day we go through thousands of findings, dig deeper and deeper and it is not only the infringements of copyright that we find but also a lot of bad publicity. Oh, we know what we are talking about, we have been there many times! One of the tools which we use in our negotiations, called Cease & Desist Letter (aka Abmahnung), is often perceived not as a friendly one but rather as a dangerous warning. We identified that Cease & Desist Letter (aka Abmahnung) can make infringers very frustrated. In response, some of them spread unfair articles, references or other written pieces which mention photographers’ and lawyers’ names or services but were obviously not authorized by them.
You are protected by law
Such practises are highly restricted by law. EU data protection rules, also known as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR), guarantee the protection of your personal data whenever they are collected. ”It doesn’t matter what format the data takes – online on a computer system or on paper in a structured file – whenever information directly or indirectly identifying you as an individual is stored or processed, your data protection rights have to be respected.” As of yet, the United States does not have any centralized, formal legislation at the federal level regarding this issue. But still, the privacy and protection of data are insured through the United States Privacy Act, the Safe Harbor Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
You are protected by PhotoClaim
Even though it is mostly the pictures which constitute the image of a photographer, opinions, articles and written comments should not be ignored. Today, we would like to let you know that if you happen to be a victim of harmful publicity, we will take care of that for you. In case you came across some bad publicity regarding copyright law and were wondering how you shall handle it, feel free to send us an email with your findings and we will proceed with the next steps. We simply thought about making it available since it is something you shall be aware of in order to protect your rights as a photographer. Also, we know how harmful and discoursing bad publicity can be. We want you to focus on shooting and growing your professional career without any stings in the tail!
From now on, let us take care of both:
your pictures and the words widespread about you online.