#3 February 6 2017, 14:17
Thank you, Alex, for taking this action - I am not sure whether you received my separate message on your site Contact form as no reply received in my email account.
Our initial understanding was that you would only take down individual photos notified by the actual copyright holder, but not from a list covering many of our members. Perhaps we were mistaken. In any case, it was only by systematically checking a batch of photos (the most recent 20 pages) that we could see the extent of the pirating from Shipspotting.com
. That way we were able to inform the members concerned - and also provide the evidence to you to justify removal of that member's gallery.
I do hope that this will prove to be the only example of copyright abuse, but I suppose that we all have to remain vigilant. If there are other isolated examples we will advise our members to use the individual report button; if any other serial abuser should unfortunately emerge we will communicate with you through the forum, unless alternative effective arrangements can be made.
Thanks again for your response.
#4 February 7 2017, 16:34
In the 10+ years we haven't had an issue like this with photos. So I hope this will stay an isolated case
And yes, we have received many emails over the last few days, including yours. We couldn't get through them all since we realized fairly quickly we should just assume all of Shelby80's photos are stolen and delete them.
I have, for now, removed his account from this website. All of his uploads should be gone by tomorrow.
#5 February 7 2017, 16:37
Hello again Alex
Please let me know when all the Shelby80 photos are deleted. I appreciate that you may need a little time to write and test the tool to delete photos in bulk.
At present I know that some are certainly still there, eg
#6 February 8 2017, 17:09
We have now completely removed all photos uploaded by Shelby80.