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Posted 02 November 2003 - 06:41 AM
A website I reciprocated a link with has taken a graphic design that I made to enhance their link on my website with their permission.
Their website originally displayed a picture of their clothing designer and a text picture containing their business name seperately. I took both pictures, cut and paste them into a new and improved design layout to fit my site all with their permission to do so. I just returned to that site a few minutes ago and they have ditched their designs and copied mine from my site and utilised that as their main logo now.
I have just sent them a please explain, but I am interested if anyone else has ever had this problem; and if so, what can be done?
They could of atleast copied it correctly with the proper format as the image on their site is distorted......bad for them I guess.
Yes I have the modified image with original time stamp on my system and server and yes I have copied their page as I just viewed to gain a time stamp. Just in case it gets ugly.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 07:17 AM
It would be nice if they gave you some credit for the work you've done, possibly even paying you, but I can't think of any way for you to stop them from using it. Of course, if they're displaying your work badly, you might not even want your name attached to it.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 07:25 AM
I am not so much trying to claim ownership on the image itself. I think that because they like what I have done with their two images to make the one and now use it as their logo, is my point.
Totally agree though that I don't want my name with a rubbish looking, distorted image. I am thinking about a possible free advert on their homepage may satisfy my recognition of my work stolen.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 07:39 AM
I noticed a referrer in a site's logs that I hadn't seen before, so I went to the URL and a site in Germany had posted some information about one of my sites -- it took up about a third of one of their pages. But they had lifted a copyrighted image. I wrote to them, thanking them for the link, but telling them that I couldn't grant permission for them to use the image, because I didn't own it. (I use it with the owner's permission). They asked if they could replace the image with a banner, I said that was fine and pointed them to the page on my site where the banners are kept, but they went ahead and made one themselves.
To make a long story short(er), their banner is pretty nice. We made a deal that they could keep it, I could use it and offer it to others who wanted to link to my site, and it's become more popular than some of the ones I made. On my page, I give them credit for creating it. That wasn't part of the deal; it just felt right to me.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 08:16 AM
They can not use the modified logo as you made it with their permission 'for your own use'. They may own the trademarks, but IMO YOU own the intellectual copyright on the modified logo.
I am sure Ian Mac will come along at some point and quote a legal precedence
Posted 02 November 2003 - 08:25 AM
Posted 02 November 2003 - 08:50 AM
thank goodness i don't get drawn into it i say..
Hopefully something good can come of this,there has to be some common ground for the link to be agreed in the first place, so my approach would be to correct the image and send it to them, tell them about the distortion of their displayed image and how to correct it.
I would then tell them that they owe you big time for this help, and while you do not want money, you would like some form of 'benefit' for the work and help that they have had from you, this could be in the form of an enhanced link or a little mention. So long as you are happy with what you have as compensation then alls well that ends well.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 09:09 AM
I don't think here, anthonyparsons.com, you have much legal strength in your position. So you won't get anywhere with boxing. So why not try judo.
Posted 02 November 2003 - 08:15 PM
bwelford, I am attempting your method currently.
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