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- December 27, 2021 at 9:45 am #602835
- December 27, 2021 at 10:28 am #602841Liss
Great post! Thanks for sharing. You’re absolutely right, these type of schemes are a dime a dozen.
Here’s one a blogger friend of ours recently received:
EMAIL RECEIVED THIS MORNING:
I recently found a photo of mine in one of your articles.
Here’s the article: XXX
Where you’ve used my photo, would you be able to provide a clickable link back (photo credit) to the domain XXX, in case users would like to know more about us?
Her Clever Response
Thank you for your email. The image in question is a public domain image owned by Stockpic, made available for free use to the public via Pexels (as you can reference in my attached screenshot).
It was uploaded to my site in April 2017, which I note is a full year before it was uploaded to Flickr under your name on July 31 2018.
As such I have determined that it would not be appropriate or legal for me to fulfill your request. I would be happy to put you in touch with the original author of the upload via Pexels so the two of you can hash out your individual ownership claims, and determine whether it is an appropriate use of public domain images to upload via Flickr for link building purposes.
I note your Flickr page has quite a robust range of public domain stock images.
- December 27, 2021 at 10:31 am #602842pinupcasino777
I take screenshots of the source / license for every image I ever use, and file them for later reference, as proof of license.
I have this for every image on my site over the past 7 years, filed into folders by year, then by month, then by article.
It’s OCD, sure, but it takes 2 seconds to screenshot as I’m downloading it, and then file.
I’ve relied on this 4 times in the past year, and it’s absolutely essential in my opinion being that the publisher has the burden of proof.
- Another common scam I receive now and then is when I get an email regarding a guest post by Website A that was on my site.
- It said that this was the owner of what was formerly Website A, but they now rebranded and changed their URL to Website B.
- Could I please change the attribution in the guest post to reflect that?
- Of course, Website A never changed their URL and Website B was just trying to get backlinks by claiming false ownership.
It’s amazing what these scummy losers come up with. Imagine if they put half the effort into running a legitimate business!
If you get an email, letter, or blog comment claiming to be an attorney, always look the attorney’s name and contact information up on the state bar association website. Then contact them directly with the contact information you got from the state bar. You can confirm whether they sent the letter and whether they represent the client.
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