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Corporate Bully

Absract, Door, Gate, HDR, San FranciscoIf you’d like to buy a print of the image above click here or on the image itself

**** Update: After a week of playing hard ball with me, in less than 24 hrs of posting this post it was finally removed. I don’t how but maybe social media does work πŸ™‚

Yesterday’s post was about what makes me happy but today’s post is about something that is making me angry! I’m definitely feeling like a small man knocking on the bully’s door and he is refusing to acknowledge me… you’ll notice that I’m adding a little blurb under my images because of this incident. Here is what is going on, sometime last week I wanted to try the google search by images feature by using one of my own images so I dragged it onto the search and to no surprise this blog appears to be on top of the list but right after is the Courtyard by Marriot! When I clicked on the link, there it was the courtyard stole my image and they are using it on their own website without ever getting my permission or compensating me! I contacted them and their web designer and they are not co-operating. The manager said she hears on CNN that people put pictures on the internet and they get used all the time, she doesn’t understand this photo business, thats not her expertise besides I should really contact the web designer! The web designer just refuses to respond to my messages and emails!

Needless to say I’m not happy with this and I feel quite taken advantage of, I’ve had this happen with much much smaller businesses and we managed to work out something but I’ve never dealt with such a giant. I’m even more shocked by the way they are handling the situation. Here is the original image by me on my account:
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego Chargers, NFL, Charges, San Diego, Jack Murphy StadiumIf you’d like to buy a print of the image above click here or on the image itself

Here is the original post on this blog prior to me hosting my images on smugmug, and here is the courtyard’s website with my image as the banner!


22 responses

  1. Sorry to hear that Bashar. Don’t let them get away with this. I would send them a lawyer’s letter.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:29 am

  2. Definitely look into this. Marriott is a huge corporation with PLENTY of money to compensate an artist who gives them something that helps make them even MORE money.

    October 11, 2012 at 6:07 am

    • I didn’t give them the image… they just took it and are denying that its the same! I just have a feeling I’m going nowhere with this… 😦

      October 11, 2012 at 7:16 am

      • Jennifer

        You can find out if it’s the same image with metadata! Do you pull out all of your metadata? I pull out most of mine, but I insert a copyright into the file that has my name on it. So, the image will always have my name on it–unless they scan it and use it. Then I’m not sure.

        October 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

        • They just removed it… I LOVE IT

          October 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

          • Jennifer

            Haha! What a bunch of crooks!

            October 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

  3. Get a lawyer.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

  4. Awful experience… and I’m afraid this it won’t be the only one.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

  5. I’ve often wondered about this, but no big surprise coming from Marriott… there’s some connection there to the crook who is running for President. πŸ˜‰

    October 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

    • Bashar A.

      There are 2 guys running for president πŸ™‚ which one are you referring to?

      October 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

      • Gunta

        The corporate raider guy, Romney…. the one who favors business and thinks corporations are people and anything they do (steal images) is just OK with him.

        October 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

    • There needs to be a “like” button under your comment.

      October 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      • Thanks…. be sure to vote!

        October 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        • Carissa


          October 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  6. I have just looked and your photo isn’t on their banner – did they change it?

    October 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    • Must learn to read the WHOLE post before making out of date comments. Glad it has been resolved Bashar.

      October 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  7. How frustrating this must be. A newspaper stole a text of mine once and I wrote emails that never were answered. You should do what you can to make them pay for the use and to list you as the photographer.

    October 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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  9. This would have me pissed off :(. I am glad it worked out in the end…..

    October 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

  10. I am sorry to hear that they have pirated your shot – at one stage I got bullied by someone about my watermarks. I changed them but never knew why – perhaps they wanted to use a photo and hid behind the commentary of ruining their viewing pleasure by watermarking! Only a year in, so I am still relatively new to all this! ….but I have to say on a positive note: What an amazing shot!

    October 18, 2012 at 9:54 am

    • I’m just surprised that such a large company tried to do this! Thanks for your kind words though πŸ™‚

      October 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

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