Is it okay to copy images from others’ websites without taking permission? NO!

It is a copyright violation to copy images from others’ websites without obtaining permission of the creator and the owner.

During a random Google search, I found two businesses, one is big (HolidayIQ) and another is not so big (Pir Panjal Cottage), have copied images from my website.

Both the businesses have mentioned Credits / Source: theoff.info.

But neither of these websites sought my permission nor gave an attribution link back to the original source of the image.

Careless copying by HolidayIQ

 

HolidayIQ, a holiday travel information portal, won 5th India Digital Award in Travel Website Category  in 2014(http://www.iamai.in/events/5th_India_Digital_Awards/pdf/5ida.pdf).

This big business copied an image from my website and embedded it in its blog post 11 Mouth-Watering Snacks Every Indian Craves For On A Rainy Day http://www.holidayiq.com/blog/11-mouth-watering-snacks-every-indian-craves-rainy-day-773.html.

Interestingly, the momo and soup image used at number 3 in the above post was taken by me at Bon Appetiti Restaurant and French Bakery located in Leh (http://theoff.info/Adventure-Travel/sights-of-himalayas/jammu-kashmir/2014/where-to-eat-in-leh).  However, the HolidayIQ blog shows the image under destination Dehradun.

Hover mouse on the image. You will also find the destination in URL http://www.holidayiq.com/destinations/dehradun/?channel=social_blog.

Here is the web screen shot of HolidayIQ post:

HolidayIQ copies an image from the website of TO ABHA without permission.

 

Pir Panjal Cottage

 

This business operates homestay at Chidiyari village located within easy walking distance of Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

Pir Panjal Cottage and Pir Panjal Penthouse are also listed on Airbnb https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/4641620 and https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/5742194.

 

The website copied Sketch of Pir Panjal Range from my web page http://theoff.info/Adventure-Travel/himalayas-for-beginners/2012/periphery-of-pir-panjal.

The copied image is used at http://pirpanjal.com/mountain-guide/.

 

Here is the web screen shot of Pir Panjal Cottage post:

Pir Panjal Cottage copies an image from the website of TO ABHA without permission.

Pir Panjal Cottage copies an image from the website of TO ABHA without permission.

 

What will you do if it happens to you?

7 Comments:

  1. Absolutely no!
    The thing is most of the time we are unaware of this copying. Even if we come to know, it’s difficult to catch them by collar.

    I have been watermarking my images but they even cut that portion before publishing.

  2. You can ask them to either give you its credit or you may get it removed by mailing them because you have full rights to do so.

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