Yeah.. You’ve just read the title!!
Someone is/are using my photo without my written/verbal consent!!
This was not the second time actually, but it’s the FOURTH time I’ve been a victim to those I like to called ‘THEIF’ a.k.a ‘PENCURI BESAR’..
The photo mentioned is this one below, which I took during my previous visit at Sarawak Cultural Village last year. The photo was taken on Saturday, 24th May 2008 at 1.44pm and contributed to LifeinBorneo.com which been published in article of Sarawak Cultural Village.
Let me explain briefly how’s the experienced like to be a victim for the fourth time :
1st : The first time my photo was been used was published in a monthly leaflet by one local hotel (quiet a familiar name) here in Sabah. I’ve never talked/blog about it and never even communicate with the hotel since I’m okay with that and decided to just leave the matter as it was. 😦
2nd: The second time, I was a little bit disappointed with what just happened and later I’ve express my dissapointment through my blog last year, they seems have read my blog and they have express their apologies, since then everything are all settle. 🙂
3rd : I’ve never blog/talked about this one also (only few of my best buddies knows the story). One of my copyrighted photo has been used + published commercially all over K.K without my permission. However, they have settle the situation with professional manner and express their apologies + I’ve got my compensation paid with big sum of amount which granted them a license to use the photo, I even emailed the hi-resolution photo to them as well. 😉
4th : Now! AGAIN for the fourth times!! one of my copyrighted photo has been used by one ‘third party’ website which been managed by one local company here in K.K. The copyrighted photo has been published into one of their page website (don’t bother to click as at this point I’m writing, the URL + photo has been removed). The FUNNY thing is, even the photo has watermark on it, they never ASK or even SEEK for simple permission to use that photo instead publishing it ‘diam-diam tikus’ without my knowledge. >(
Click HERE to view full size screenshot!
Earlier, I’ve send an acknowledgment emailed to the following listed contacts in their website, but what I got replied was… they never ADMIT the ‘fact’ that they have used the photo without permission.
OK! enough writing, let me just leave you to decide + judge yourself by reading the replied email below… click for larger version.
#1 – ” The said image was indeed taken from a third party website (not lifeinborneo.com) “
Ohh! Ya really?? auwww.. The only place that I’ve published/upload that mentioned photo is at LifeinBorneo.com on 23 July 2008. THEY LIED!!
#2 – ” we could not recall which website it was as it has been quite a while “
Hmm.. no wonder they cannot recall it, because if it’s true, what they need to do is to give me the correct URL from where they get the photo from actually, but I guaranteed it end up the source image most likely from LifeinBorneo.com itself. THEY LIED AGAIN!!
#3 – ” as there were no contact details in that website “
mannn.. are these bunch of people NOT even reading or they just don’t see it properly or they just ‘pok silap’ ignore the CONTACT FORM which are clearly visible. AGAIN.. THEY LIED!!
#4 – ” We at ……………. respect “
Teettttt!!!! WRONG statement there!! They don’t even bother to say ‘sorry‘ and they claimed they have this value of ‘respect’ .. come on! So skiddishhhh!!! Nenek sia pun tidak buli kena tipu this!!!.. THEY REALLY GOOD IN LYING.
It’s not a big deal actually for ‘stealing’, but ADMITTING + APOLOGIES that YOU ARE WRONG is something that is not hard to do bah..
Tips for future victims : If your photo is being use by someone/some parties without your knowledge even if there’s a watermark of your copyrighted name on it, don’t get angry just yet! cool down, it’s a good sign for you actually.. you cannot prevent people from stealing your photos, it’s just a matter of dealing with them on how best to solve the matter at the end that really counts. Only if they play fool and didn’t really admit that there wrong, then load your weapon!
Moral of the story : Don’t mess + play skidish with BLOGGERS!!!
especially the big shark!!… jen.. jeng.. jen.. jen