Dino Direct – image theft and blatant misrepresentation
update: March 04, 2011
I have added the PDF screengrab of the page where DinoDirect was using my images without my consent … because when I confronted them about it on their Facebook page, they removed the page, and are acting dumb about it. Trying to appear innocent. As if.
Someone let me know today, Feb 24, that they had discovered some of my images on the website of Dino Direct. Apparently it is a company that distributes all kinds of electronic goods, including video lights. Dino Direct took it upon themselves to appropriate three of my images; crop out my logo; and add their own logo. Blatant theft of my images.
But worst still, they are misrepresenting themselves with those images …
If you look at them, you will see they clearly imply that *those* photographs were taken with specific gear that they are trying to peddle to the unaware. Of course, there is no phone number to contact them, and their 24/7 live chat is unavailable.
To anyone who might be using or think of using Dino Direct, be aware of their unethical way of promoting their business.
Here are screengrabs of my images as they appear on their site, as well as links to my images where I used them on my site … if there might’ve been any doubt.
Here are my photographs, if proof was needed:
Here’s an update: March 04, 2011
DinoDirect is playing dumb on their Facebook page, even though I supplied the link to this page. They obviously saw the linked page and removed it.
then they removed the page …
… and acted innocent about it:
… but that’s okay, I expected that this is how they would play this particular game, so I made a screengrab the moment I had discovered Dino Direct’s theft of my images on their site. (The link leads to a PDF file which will clearly show their use of my images.)
So, Dino Direct, simply removing the images doesn’t make you less guilty … or more innocent.