myLot using my picture

@w1z111 (985)
United States
May 23, 2011 8:14am CST
Is myLot supposed to pay people when they use their pics in their categories? They have been using my cat pic for years for their "Cats" category, without any compensation to me. What's up with that? I thought their terms and conditions say they'd pay for using them, but I might be wrong about that. I've also tried communicating with myLot, but never got any replies. Any comments? Thanks.
4 responses
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
24 May 11
well, actually, each person can select the picture for their choice of a category... I have a couple of cats laying on a pink background making a more or less (more actually) heart shape of their bodies... I used to have a picture of kittens on the keys of a piano so, my guess is that you uploaded the picture and selected it for your own chosen "avatar" for the cats group... if you don't want it to be used, you can always take it down...
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
24 May 11
Hmmmm...I hadn't thought of that. Maybe I DID upload it for my own "cats" category. Maybe myLot is NOT using it "across-the-board", but maybe it only shows up in my own myLot pages and sessions. Good point! I'll have to look into that. Thanks for your input.
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@w1z111 (985)
• United States
25 May 11
UPDATE!! I checked into my "Interests", and, sure enough! I CAN change the avatars on my own categories! So, I guess myLot is not using my pic...I'm using it myself! My bad! Sorry, myLot! And, thanks, ElicBxn, for your insight and suggestion. "Best Response" to you on this one!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
25 May 11
Thank you! Thank you! **takes bows and flowers graciously!**
@ptower76 (1618)
• United States
23 May 11
As far as I understand, one is paid upon uploading. The amount I don't know. Not much of course. I uploaded an old class photo of mine from 1970 and I see it floating around from time to time in the "Education" category. The one with the little yellow sticky paper on the lower left hand corner. I haven't received any additional compensation.
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
23 May 11
Thanks for your response. Sounds like you're in the same boat, with your class pic. I know the myLot T.O.S. say that they do have the right to use some uploaded pics in some ways...but I didn't think that meant they could use them indefinitely without some kind of remuneration, y'know? Thanks again.
@ptower76 (1618)
• United States
23 May 11
Yes, i don't really give it much thought. As a matter of fact I have gotten into discussions with others about the photo. I really did not do it to earn, I did it to experiment on procedure and such. I don't think much of the earnings here just the discussion aspect.
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
25 May 11
Right you are! Nano-pennies for participation is no 'get-rich-quick' scheme, for sure! It's sometimes a fun way to blow off steam, or seek others' ideas, or just read some of the often strange, but often very interesting discussions here. I've now learned that I probably put the cat pic in my "Cats" category myself! So, it might not have been myLot after all...oops! (see also my reply/comment to ElicBxn)
• United States
23 May 11
I have not heard about additional incentives with regards to usage of pictures, but maybe I may be wrong. Therefore it would be best if you contacted our resident admin, you can send a friend request and both of you can discuss in PM. This way you get the right answers. Good luck and if anything that can be discuss, perhaps update us later. http://www.mylot.com/goaskalice
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
23 May 11
Thanks for your response! I have sent communications via the myLot "Contact Us" link, but I have not received any replies to those (the auto-generated response simply says that my message was received, and that I might not receive any response, so I guess I expected none, unfortunately.) That's why I thought I'd try it here...to see if others have had similar experiences. Thanks again.
@ajk111 (2527)
23 May 11
if this is a photograph that you took then the copyright belongs to you and you would be entitled to compensation up to $50 for every day that this image has been displayed without your permission. you would need to be able to prove that you took the picture. Try contacting Rothborne & Ginstern. they are specialists in copyright theft and are based in NY.
@w1z111 (985)
• United States
23 May 11
Gee...I'm hoping I don't have to hire legal help. I did take the picture, but I don't know how I'd prove that, except I think I have it on my hard-drive or on a flash-drive somewhere. I'm not looking to make a fortune; just looking for recognition and any compensation that should be mine. Thanks for your input!