IP video lifts my photo

I was informed last night by a blog follower, Cherish Bauer-Reich, that one of my photographs appears, without credit, in an online video about keeping a laboratory notebook. …if you care, the photograph appears at approximately 50 seconds into the clip, and shows my Type A ink experiment. Other photographs are labelled with more information, but not mine!  As Cherish points out, it’s painfully ironic that the video is about protecting your intellectual property.  It was produced by the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization.  The guy talking is apparently its Director of Intellectual Property Management. Lame.

I know one can manually search for image theft by using tinEye.com (love it!), but I can’t wait until you can subscribe to a service that seeks out all piracy on the internet for your entire online library, and has ability to detect signal in videos, too.

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5 Responses to IP video lifts my photo

  1. Bill Storm says:

    “please feel free to call or drop us an email”

    Just curious… have you? I’d be curious about his response.

  2. Colin Purrington says:

    I haven’t contacted them. Maybe I could ask them whether they had a video on “using photographs in video productions.”

  3. Kate says:

    You might contact the person responsible. Personally, I’d be horrified to have made such a gaffe, and it could be an oversight on the producer’s part. I would want the photographer to contact me. I’m not sure what reparations could be made, but it’s really just about reminding the person to be more careful in the future (I would think).

  4. Colin Purrington says:

    Producer diligently added captions to all the other photographs. But sure, could be oversight.

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