Rob Jarvis Photography

Do a search for Rob Jarvis photography and you’ll turn up his website, which seems to be mainly a Facebook page, his Flickr stream, Twitter account etc etc etc. You’ll see a wide variety of great photographs. You’ll also find he’s copyrighted those photo’s which seems a sensible step. Protect his IP and all that malarky. Except, not all the photo’s are his. Some have been stolen from Flickr users. In fact, there’s nothing to prove that any of those photo’s are his.

Meg Pickard tweeted that Rob had copied one of her photo’s and copyrighted it as his on Facebook. Theft. I along with a few other left reviews on Facebook, comments and reported the page. Rob quickly took the reviews down, deleted comments and removed a couple of the photo’s that had been mentioned by commenters – some things you can’t remove though.

You can also find a copy of some of the comments made before they were deleted here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/version-3-point-1/4263212273/. Hopefully Facebook will look at the complaints people have made and act accordingly. Would be nice if Rob actually commented on his theft, owned up, apologised even. I doubt it. Meg followed up with a thoughtful post on copyright theft. Well worth a read. I never restrict anything on Flickr, thinking none of my images are worth anything anyway but then again, if they were used it would be nice to get the credit. Something to think about. Looking forward to that apology Rob.

7 Comments

  1. Wonder if Meg's seen this:
    http://www.epuk.org/The-Curve/491/enforcing-you
    Enforcing copyright really shouldn't be that hard and once someone makes Rob pay up, he may stop.

  2. Having just woken up to see whether there has been any change to the situation, it turns out his twitter page has been deleted, along with the original Facebook page. He has also changed his myspace and Flickr pages to make out that he has 'been hacked'. No apology for us then, though as I mentioned on Meg's post, doing a WHOIS query still brings up an associated address for him.

    The cheek of it. No doubt he'll appear elsewhere when the dust has settled, under a different guise. Unless of course he has the audacity to re-appear as himself.

  3. I really am deeply sorry for what has happened here.
    Please accept my sincere apologies it was never my intention to rip anyone off or take credit, as per the knee jerk reaction from bloggers replies.
    There is a folder called “discovered” which is a collection of images found around the web etc, the images concerned should have been in their, the copyright is added in the batch upload process, they have been removed instantly.
    Kind regards and sincerest apologies once again
    Rob.

  4. Rob. You should be apologising to Meg and the others that first raised the issue, not me. It looks like you had the folders set up incorrectly for a fairly long time with copyright against them before realising the mistake.

    You also had the photo's in different sets on Flickr in a different structure to Facebook – making the same mistake twice? Also, “been caught” would be a more apt name than “been hacked”. As has been said elsewhere some of the images that look like your originals are pretty good – just not sure what is and isn't yours anymore.

    Looking forward to seeing your apologies on the others sites soon.

  5. Ian, I have contacted Meg separately, best regards,Rob.

  6. Rob, it perhaps wasn't your intention to take credit, but you were quite happy to have on your own Facebook pages comments and reviews praising photos that weren't your own. So happy in fact were you, that you also contributed your own comments alongside other people's comments praising “your” work. At that point, any reasonable mind would expect that you must have noticed that those photographs weren't yours and no praise or credit was due to you for them?

    I didn't once last night see you say “Oops, how did that photo get there” when it was pointed out that a photo in your albums wasn't yours. No, you just simply removed comments and reviews and made sure the photos “disappeared” from view.

    Hate to say it, but none of that looks like the actions of someone who's made a “mistake”.

    But apologies are a start. Credit you for that, at least – if not the photos.

  7. Also, “been caught” would be a more apt name than “been hacked”.

    Yes that's how I think it reads as well.

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