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My Growth and Setbacks 2003-2010

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Announcement: Unauthorized Use of my Photos

Yesterday, I received several messages on YouTube and my blog alerting me that someone was using one of my hair pictures to endorse their website and hair products. My photo was not the only one used without permission, and this person had the audacity to even cover up watermarks on several of the photos.

Screen shot of the website that used my photo without my consent
I am not affiliated with this company or any company for that matter.  There are only two websites that I have authorized to use selected photos: Reniece.com and growafrohairlong.com.

I notified Facebook of the copyright infringement issue and they removed my picture. I also sent a cease and desist letter to the scammer. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time this has happened and it probably won't be the last.  Going forward, I will be more diligent about watermarking my photos.

There is a correct way to use someone's photo: ask permission and cite the proper image source.  Using someone's photo to endorse a product they never used is misleading and potentially fraudulent.

I sincerely appreciate everyone who alerted me of the issue.  On a positive note, its funny how we can recognize each other based on a picture of the back of our head (LOL).

7 comments:

Tanisa (Olivia) Rossi said...

Unbelievable!

zealousy said...

Hahaha! The last sentence is hilarious and so true!

EbonyCPrincess said...

girl...its awful how prevalent this is becoming! you are so right about "us" recognizing each other's hair shots! SN: can't wait til I have something WORTH stealing! lol.

Anonymous said...

the shirt too...lol...

Glamour-and-Love (Khalia) said...

Daaang! That's BOLD! And I'm not gonna lie, I question pix like this that are supposed to be promoting a product all the time. I always wonder if the pictures are really a result of the use of said product. And this just makes me question it even more!!! The nerve of some people!

blueandblessed said...

Now them clowns need to send you a check, sneaky~sneaky~sneaky!

Hairs2Me said...

oh wow :( I never watermark my pics because I don't see why anyone would steal them but wow.

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