Information for Oldham PS Members from Chris Widdall, webmaster
Pictures used on the OPS web site
You retain copyright of all pictures that you/we post to the web site. This is regardless of whether or not you have watermarked your images with a copyright statement. On the galleries page, I do put a statement that the pictures remain copyright of the photographer.
It is recommended that you embed your copyright symbol in the EXIF data on all of your pictures. This can be done in camera, or from your software editing programme, e.g. Photoshop/Lightroom. The easiest way for me is to automatically have my copyright as part of the data that is applied to every photograph as I import it from my memory card to Lightroom.
However, be aware that EXIF data can be stripped off or edited by unscrupulous persons. It is always possible to steal a picture from a web site, even when “right click/save as” is disabled. If it is displayed on a computer, it is in RAM and can be extracted.
You may wish to choose which of your photographs you are prepared to share on the web and this is why we will not post your images without permission – this was not always the case in the past, where we did publish some competition images as a matter of course, but it is firmly the case now. With our CompEntry software you can mark up which of your pictures we are allowed to publish on the web.
What size do we post at?
We will post your images at 800 pixels on the longest side on web galleries or 600 pixels on the longest side if you prefer. We ask you to supply them to the webmaster at your preferred size and watermarked, if you wish, with your own copyright. For images used direct from the competitions, the output size is 800×600 pixels and the software adds the copyright information as a watermark.
Can images be stolen?
Yes, it is possible for someone who steals your image to upsize and re-use it. However, from that size it is difficult to make a useable image big enough for entry to PDI competitions at 1400×1050 or better, especially if you have saved at less than top quality – so, maybe consider a medium quality jpg for web use?
Who can post your images on the website?
- The webmaster (at time of writing, this is Christine Widdall)
- Any other member with admin rights (currently Mike Lawrence)
- You may post your own picture in blog posts, if you have author rights.
How else will we post your images?
We use a plug-in to display some pictures at small size in the side bars of the web site. These are extracted from the work that has been given to the webmaster for the galleries. Some of the header images may have been taken from competition entries and once published, pictures may be chosen to illustrate articles like this one. We will publish images from the competitions in results galleries from time to time, using only the images which have been cleared for publication.
Sometimes we post pictures to our OPS facebook page – I tend to post my own, as I don’t have carte blanche permission to post other people’s images to facebook – it is just easier that way.
How long do pictures stay on the web site?
As long as you want whilst you are a member! When you ask to have pictures removed, I will remove them. Sometimes pictures are removed when the web site is updated. If you leave the club, your pictures will be removed from galleries, but may remain in archived articles (unless you request otherwise). Our GDPR policy will clarify all details of usage and archiving in due course.
Submitting images for the header area
The header are contains panoramic images at the size 1196×310 pixels. We do not automatically chose your work for this area. If you want to submit pictures to possibly be used in the header, please see Christine to arrange.
Who owns copyright of the pictures that you post to facebook?
Quite, simply – you do. In the UK, copyright remains with the photographer unless you sign it away to somebody else.
However, it isn’t quite as simple as that. In uploading your pictures to social media, you grant a license for that organisation to use and display that content however they like. That license expires when you delete the picture from their web site. However, if the picture has been shared elsewhere, it may still be used.
How can you find out if your image is used elsewhere on the web?
Right click on the image on the web page. Select “Search Google for this image” (Chrome browser).
- Find the image that you want to search with. You can use Google to search by image instead of text. …
- Visit the Google Images website. …
- Click the Camera button on the right side of the search field. …
- Add your image that you want to search with. …
- Click “Search by image.”
Both of the above processes require that Google has already found and catalogued the image, so images that have recently been posted may not yet show up.
My own experience
I have had an image stolen and re-used to advertise a product. I contacted the webmaster and the image was speedily removed.
I have had two tutorial videos stolen and used on an eastern European web site and re-posted on YouTube. In that case I had to fill in forms for YouTube and they investigated and removed the stolen versions. But it may not be as easy as that with other organisations!
I do not know if any of my competition images have been stolen! There is no easy way to prevent theft! A major worry these days is the theft of images from CDs. Many salons produce a CD of accepted images after the competition and, where they are at large size, they can be used again. There have been many cases of such plagiarism across the world and image theft is a significant problem even in the UK. There was even the case of a photographer abroad who won great acclaim and many top awards internationally with wholly stolen images. He was eventually found out and red-listed.
We all have to decide if we are so precious about our pictures that we don’t want to share them at all. That, I think, would be a shame.
Taking action when your image is stolen from a web page
The following advice from Digital Camera World
1. Contact the webmaster of the web site that is displaying your image.
2. Contact the web hosting company of the website concerned.
3. Contact the advertisers and let them know the web site they are advertising on is displaying stolen material.
4. Take legal action (expensive)
Christine Widdall updated 2017