Greetings Copypants users, photographers and digital artists alike! We’re ecstatic with the number of you taking action to protect your work online, and we’re so proud to be providing such an important service. Besides tracking your work online, there are a couple other things we do for you.
The first thing you should do when taking an action on one of your matches is check out exactly where your image is located. In the past, users have sent infringement notifications to themselves. Oops! Reviewing the locations of your matches will help prevent this if you’ve posted your images to multiple sites or services. In addition, this will help you decide what type of action to take, depending on how the image is being used.
So, we’ve found a match where someone else is publishing your work online, they’ve added a nice caption, and people are commenting nice things. You’re OK with them using your work, but you want everyone to know that this is your awesome creation. This is when you’d want to send them a credit request. You can specify exactly how you want to receive credit in the app, on your profile page. When you send a request, we’ll let the publisher know exactly what to add to the post.
Uh oh! Someone is using your work on a dirty website! Or you’ve found that your family photo is being used to advertise life insurance in Russia! Send them a Takedown request! While these are rather extreme cases, these kinds of things happen. If you find that a publisher is using your work in an inappropriate context, or you simply don’t want that particular publisher using that photo, sending a takedown request is the best thing to do.
We’ve found that we get better response rates by using more “human” language in our notifications. That being said, our Takedown requests contain all the official language required by the DMCA, and the Copyright Act of Canada.
Many of you make a living off of your creations by selling them online. For you guys, it’s the most frustrating finding someone else using your work without permission or payment. This is when you want to send them a request for Licensing. Since it’s your work, you get to choose what you charge. Even if you don’t normally sell your work, if you find that your image is being used for commercial purposes (the person is directly or indirectly making money off the use of your image), you should be sending a license request.
We really want you guys to take control of your own work and prosper from your creativity. No longer should you be afraid to post your work online in fear of it being stolen. Step up, take action, and conquer those reposters!