So sorry that on my very first post I would have to be so negative, but I need to make everyone aware of this!
Using the Google Images I found that Ikon Canvas Art were selling my London Eye on Canvas without my permission or paying me any royalties and had been for almost a year (since March 2011)
They have their own website www.ikoncanvasart.co.uk and also sell on Amazon and Ebay in the United Kingdom.
I contacted Mark Jenkins about the selling of my London Eye photo (which I have had to take down from this site and others recently since I still don't know where he got it from) and he removed my photo but I didn't think it was fair that he had been selling it for almost a year without telling me and since his site has over 2000 images on it, none of which have a single photographers name linked to them, I felt its quite possible he has also stolen many other photographers photos, so I contacted him back asking where he got it from, that I would be seeking royalties for the sale of my photo and that I would be letting Amazon know.
He has now gone quite and removed all of his photos from Amazon and has never bothered to get back to me, making me quite sure all the photos were stolen.
Now a few weeks later I have found he has a ebay store where all those 2000 plus photos are back up.
If I can't get him to compensate me for selling my photo for a year without telling me and stealing it off the internet as I surely did not give it to him or the rights to sell it, then I want to make sure no one else on this site have had their photos stolen too.
So please check on his site www.ikoncanvasart.co.uk tell all your friends, or check out his Ebay store Ikon Art and Photo Canvas but it may just be easier to go to Google, Images, click on the camera and then upload your photos and see if any are on his site.
I have given up on chasing people that steal my photos and then claim them or use them on their commerical websites but someone that is selling my photo and making money from it, I will take down.
Any suggestions on what I can do to stop them and their illegal trading?
That is terrible! so there are people out there like this, can't believe it!
Wow, living proof that you really don't have to make photographs to be a photographer. I am of course being a bit snotty, but oh well. Have you tracked down the worm that stole your photographs. I just caught a company using one of mine in a publication. They have agreed to a settlement but now claim that the accounting department is holding things up... I kind of doubt that's true.
You're pictures are all superb. I am new to HDR editing and I like all your HDR photos and the rest of your photos as well. You are very gifted. A piece of advice so they won't steal your photos. Why don't you put a light watermark on your pictures with your name on it, where when they crop it it will ruin the picture. This way they will get discourage in stealling and selling your beautiful pictures. Goodluck and keep posting.
I think the format you need is © <date> <your name>, so it should look like: © 2012 DewB Photos
Thank you for this information. I just never stop learning things on this site
You do not have to be a member of a site to be able to download a picture, so a hall of shame would not work nor would banning them from the site. As you said there is always a way