First of all, I'd like to say that I miss you all and the wonderful comaraderie and information sharing that goes on here! I do stop by here occasionally to see what you guys are up to. Sadly, I have not done any KAP since 2016, as I am now dependent on newer technologies for my aerial photography practice....
Starting back in 2007 (as far as I can tell) we had a number of discussions related to the unauthorized use of our images by various third parties. We discussed how to find these uses, and also how to go about registering our images with the US Copyright Office in order to have the best chance of fighting these infringements.
Starting in late 2011, I have registered all the images I have posted online on a quarterly basis, which provides full coverage of my copyrighted images with respect to legal remedies.
In 2015 I decided to try to do something about the ongoing, rampant thefts. I contacted Photoattorney.com, a company that I had found while searching for tutorials to teach me how to register copyrights online. I had excellent immediate results, reaching 4 legal settlements during that first year. Since that time I have had many more successful settlements. Photoattorney.com no longer works on these cases, but one of their staff attorneys, the same person who has worked on all my cases, later started her own business and picked up where the old business left off.
This past week, a new settlement resulted in a sort of milestone. I wrote a letter to my attorney mentioning this milestone and thanking her for all her efforts on my behalf. She has just written a blog post on her website featuring my situation, without mentioning my name.
Should you have any interest, you can find the blog post here: https://www.burnstheattorney.com/2019/08/13/it-adds-up/
Many of you know that the side income I have derived over the years from my aerial photography pursuits has played a significant part in my overall finances. The infringement settlements have become part of this overall financial picture. I realize there may be a variety of opinions on this, and I welcome any comments or discussion as a result of this post.