I am sure we have all seen the rash of Facebook pages illegally using images these past few months. As disturbing as they are, the idea of a website in the USA knowingly, and willingly hosting images that have been stolen and illegally re-posted is even more egregious. Yet that is exactly the situation that I, and I suspect more unknowing photographers, find ourselves in. As such, I am writing first to warn photographers to check out Patricksaviation.com for stolen images of their own, and second to ask for advice.
I first became aware of the stolen image (URL : http://www.patricksaviation.com/photos/SAS73/42397/ ) a day or two after it was posted. At that time I immediately used the contact feature on the website to notify them of the situation. It would seem that at least one of their users subscribes to the fallacy that giving credit and having approval to use a photo are one in the same, which many of us know is far from the truth. Now, more than two weeks later, and after emailing the owner of the website himself, as well as commenting on the image requesting its removal, nothing has been done. They have not even taken the time to issue a response.
I'll admit that this is a very new situation for me, andI know my options are likely limited at this point, but I would love to hear other people's thoughts and ideas on the issue. I know that none of us like to see our images used sans permission. I can only hope that a little awareness, and perhaps discoveries of new images posted without permission will lead to the site fulfilling it's legal obligations to take down illegally posted pictures.