Post # 1
Somebody who no doubt recognized me from this site emailed me and let me know about this. One of those stupid Chinese replica dress makers is using my wedding photos (probably taken from the classifieds on this site) to sell a cheap replica of my dress!! I am furious…My husband and mother-in-law are in the photos too. On the website they have branded their OWN FREAKING LOGO over my body!!! The seller doesn’t have a direct website. The link I found is on dhgate, which I’m guessing is a marketplace like eBay. I emailed DHGate and asked that the photos be removed but I doubt I’ll get a response. I also tried to contact the seller but I have to sign up for dhgate to do that. Does every photo we post here become public property available for commercial use? Are there any legal grounds to stop this?
Post # 3
Oh my gosh. I’d be pissed.
Post # 4
i think i remember this happening to someone else in the Hive, but I can’t remember who
Post # 5
I’m so sorry this has happened to you! If you check their site they *should* have Terms of Service which include instructions about how to file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) request, which would then legally require them to remove your content.
I hope this helps! Please let us know how it goes.
Post # 6
I am also curious what legal grounds do I have for a complaint. Do I emphasize that they’re the copyrighted product of our photographer? My personal property? Since Weddingbee is public, what stops someone from using any of our personal photos for commercial purposes? Can an escort service for example brand their website’s name on my chest and put that on the internet too?
Post # 7
my thoughts are its the internet – so anything posted on the web is up for grabs, doesnt make it legal but you cant fight some of them due to distance and cost
but!!! my husband takes underwater photographs and anytime he puts a pic on his website he always makes it a low resolution pic and he has his copyright on the photos
he has found his photos on professional websites around the world, he sends them an email and a invoice for the the cost of using his photos – so far the pics have been removed within hours, well except for the one place that offered to pay for the use of the photos and thats what they did
Post # 8
*bump*. Any suggestions? Please help!
I received this generic message from the website:
We have duly received your complaint. According to such Procedures, please kindly provide relevant materials of you or your company owning the said intellectual property rights to us, mainly including:
(1) identification documents, such as the business license or other certificates of incorporation, power of attorney and so forth;
(2) ownership certificates, such as the trademark registration certificate registered in mainland China, copyright certificates and so forth;
I don’t have a copyright or a trademark, I just don’t want their logo all over my ass! What’s the best way to argue this?
Post # 9
Can you enlist your photographer’s help?
Post # 10
I’m no lawyer, but the problem isn’t that you own the intellectual property, since you don’t. You didn’t put any thought into creation of any of the products involved. You do, however, own your own image. Your body is your own by natural right. Maybe someone on here more experienced in law can help you word that better.
Post # 11
*bumping in hopes that one of the legal bees will respond*
Post # 12
This is uber creepy. I would be mad. I hope someone with a legal background can help.
Post # 13
Check your photographer’s contract – if you are granted the rights to the images, you should be able to furnish a copy of that as proof and they’d need to remove it.
If he/she is the owner of the rights to the images, they’d need to be the ones to write in to the site.
Also to answer your question, we don’t assume ownership of the images you post on our site, so there is nothing legally we can do to get these guys to stop, unfortunately.
So sorry this is happening to you!
Post # 14
Also want to add, you should be able to argue that they don’t have the right to use your image and likeness, but I *think* (not a lawyer here) that is really only legally enforceable if your image/likeness is a “brand” (like, they couldn’t use a pic of Jennifer Aniston in your gown to sell the gown, b/c she is something of a “brand” or a “product” for herself).
I know we have some lawyers buzzing around the Hive, hopefully they will chime in soon to weigh in on this.
Post # 15
Our photog gave us a signed contract stating we held the rights to the images. Did your photog do that? If so, I would send that.
Post # 16
thats soo rude of them to just use your picture.. on a slightly bright thought. you must look awesome in your dress for them to even think of using it.. 🙂