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Are the pictures in our instructables protected by copyright? Answered

I see one of my photos all over the internet without a link to the original material.

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Kiteman

3 years ago

The text and photos in your projects remain your copyrighted property.

I see that your projects are published under the default BY-NC-SA licence, which means that anybody that other people can use your work, but they must not do so in a way that earns them profit, and they must credit the source of the material.

You have every legal right to request that the sites you have found using your materials either delete the content, or ensure a proper link back to the original source.

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bwrussellKiteman

Answer 3 years ago

There's a difference though between the project as a whole and the photos standing alone. It will depend on the context exactly how he can proceed. At the very least though there has to be proper accredation.

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Jack A Lopez

3 years ago

If I recall, the last time I published an instructable, there was a step in that process where it asked what kind of licence I wanted for it, with (I think) the most restrictive being "all rights reserved", and the least restrictive being some sort of "share, modify, etc, with attribution to the original".

Of course, none of that mumbo-jumbo is an obstacle to anyone who wants to steal your pictures. All he, she, or it(robot gender), has to do is point a browser at the most-pixels available version of the picture you upped, then click "Save as".

So one of your photos is "all over the internet without a link to the original"?

Perhaps you could try to contact every person you discover "all over the internet" using your photo, and kindly inform him, her, it, of the licence regarding your picture.

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bwrussell

3 years ago

Any photo you take is protected by copywrite the moment it is taken. HERE's some info and there's plenty more to be found with a quick search.

The way it's being used is going to dictate whether or not its worth your time to pursue removal.