Unfortunately, some people think it is perfectly OK to steal images off the internet. It has happened to me a few times now, so you are not alone Stephen. The latest example is a copyright picture of mine of Greys Court
The identical image appears on a site called M******** without acknowledgement to either PoE or myself as the photographer. The only allowable free use of the image would be for private use, but even in this case, acknowledgement should be given to PoE and the photographer. M************ appears to be a commercial venture so the theft of copyright is not only rude but illegal.
In any case, the image is not licensable for sale, since it is an amateur picture taken on National Trust property, and liability for its commercial exploitation must lie with M*********** and not with me, since the image is used without my permission.
PS: Chris and Sarah please see my separate e-mail
PPS: I contacted the M******** website and the image in question has now been taken down, and another picture of Greys Court put in its place. I wonder if I get upset too easily, but there seems to be a cavalier attitude about pinching photos off the web and unless you flag it up, it will only get worse.
Edited by: Edward Lever at:11th May 2016 17:15