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Here is the issue: In a quick review of your site, I find many copyright protected images by my photographers, I find many others by other professional photographers and stock photo agencies and even several whose copyright is owned by National Geographic. I believe I speak for all of these organizations and individual photographers when I say it is absolutely imperative that our copyrighted images be removed immediately. However, given that there are over 17,000 images on your archive, there is no way I can justify the expenditure of placing a staff member to examine the entire archive and report to you which images must be removed. I suggest instead that it is incumbent upon you to remove all images for which you have any doubt whatsoever as to whether you can legally post it to your site. If this means you need to take the site offline while you make these determinations, I regret the inconvenience. However, the present posting of our copyright protected images constitutes infringement and is a significant liability to our business. Please remove all our images from the site within 24 hours.
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Copyright Violation

As you can see in the left text box, there may be some copyright protected images in my archive. I do not want to steal credits for the photographers or the copyright holders, nor encourage piracy.

However, it is very difficult for me to clarify whether an image is copyright-protected or not. If you have found copyright protected images, please notify me of them with e-mail (, or leave a comment to under the image.

My apologies for violatiing copyright should go to Dr. Sudia,, BCI, Lorraine Hill, James D. Watt, Innerspace Visions Photography, Art Brewer, etc. I removed thousands of their copyright-protected images from my site recently.

4 Nov., 1999

Violation Notices

From: "Art Brewer"
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 1999 20:46:49 -0800
Subject: Stealing photos from the internet>

It's now known that you are thief's of professional photographers photographs these are copyrighted images. We will notify as many professionals and professional organizations and the United States State Department as possible and in turn put you out of business............................... You will not last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: "James D. Watt"
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 19:00:23 -1000
Subject: photos on sight

In viewing your sight recently I dismayed to find a number of my copyrighted images on your sight. Lots and lots of them. I also viewed many photos in the hundreds if not thousands that were from other photographers that I am familiar with and work with. Please remove all photos from your sight that you do not have permission to use. This type of distribution hurts our business and is also against copyright law!! The number of photos is so lengthy on my part that I don't have the time to review them all. It is up to you to have them removed!!! Please do so within 24 hours.

James D. Watt
Watt photo library

From: Innerspace Visions
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 17:08:07 -1000
Subject: copyright violations

As best I can tell, ALL of the pictures on your site have been illegally obtained, and represent copyright violations. Below, please find a short list of a few of the images for which we hold the copyright or represent the copyright holders. To avoid legal action you must notify us immediately of where you obtained these images so that we can attack the theft at the source. Like Minden pictures, we cannot afford to search your site to discover every stolen picture among the thousands of pictures there. To protect yourself, you should shut your site down, and only put back up those pictures for which you can verify there is no copyright protection. This will leave you with very few pictures, because, by law, all pictures are protected by copyright unless that right has been waived at some point. I'm looking forward to hearing back from you promptly regarding the source of our stolen images. Your site says that the orignal "poster" will be with the picture to identify the source, but there was no such information by any of the pictures below.

Doug Perrine, President
Innerspace Visions Photography

Dolphins-pair-staart_flight-Closeup.jpg (Watt)
dolswim-Dolphins-and-Lady_Swimmer.jpg (McCulloch)
2Dolphins-1-Jumping-By-the_shore.jpg (McCulloch)
5dolphins-affinity.jpg (McCulloch)

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