Thank you very much for your continued support and notifications about the usage of my pictures on other sites and feeds. Actually, I spend a half an hour to an hour a day getting these pictures removed, alone yesterday I had about 20 DMCA takedowns initialized.
I stopped writing these sites as their ignorance about their theft is making me angry. In my opinion, it is really nice of me, to not go after them with the full power of the law and b content with initializing a DMCA takedown procedure.
The law is on my side, if you use my pictures without my permission it is copyright infringement, it is that easy.
People ask me all the time if they can use a picture on their feed, as Phone background or desktop background and often I let them, even send it in a better resolution.
Some people just scrape everything from Instagram, spread these pictures without permission or attribution and have not the tiniest bit of bad conscience about it.
If I was caught red-handed stealing content, I would apologize and hope there would be no cease and desist letter coming, or even worse license fees and damages. But some of them are like I should be happy that they use my pictures! Yeah, I should be happy that they use my pictures, use them without consent, without attribution, that they try to grow their account, or even sell their merchandise.
People have no clue how much work and sacrifices are behind all this. Today for example, I got up at 7:00 and started to leave the house early so I could make this picture with the morning sun
we did 12km to get to this location and spent a good 3 hours on this one picture. Then I came back home edit the shot and try not to get sick, since the shortcut left me with wet cold feet in the Rhine 😀
I am not living of Instagram and do not earn a cent with all this to keep this ad-free sure I love to spend so much time outside with Ninja. However, this means a financial cut that hurts. I do not have a car, the next camera, lens or even light is not affordable.