This post is a private / public admonishment of someone on the palaeo scene. It’s private because I won’t name names and draw public attention to him. It’s public because I’m doing it on the blog. (and in case you were wondering, I’m not mailing the person concerned directly because I have had several unproductive exchanges in the past and have deliberately severed all contact with them and have no wish to resurect that).
Dear You Know Exactly Who You Are,
It has come to my attention that you have a new website up and on this you have used one of my images. This one to be exact. You do not have permission to use this, regardless of the fact that you (sort of) credit me with creating it. Take it down.
This is an especially egregious act on your part. When I first posted that image, you took it (without permission) and posted it on a site of yours. That, in large part, prompted this post which asked it be taken down and reminded people in general that images are mine and should not be used without permission. You removed the offending image within hours, so you must have seen my post and reacted accordingly. The fact that you have again taken my work without permission (and the same exact one!) is therefore annoying at the very least and shows an utter lack or regard or respect for me and my work (and property).
This is illegal at best and an exceptionally ill mannered, rude and utterly irresponsible act. For someone who considers themselves part of the scientific community, this is extraordinarily bad practice and un-collegiate. The fact that I have already been forced to call you on this before, when you should well know not to steal images without permission anyway (and there are clear indicators of this all over this site) only makes it worse.
I say again, quite simply and plainly. Take this down. Do not use this or any image of mine without express and explicit permission from me, directly. You do not have this and based on your activities to date, it’s hard to see me ever giving it for anything public like a website (a paper is another matter).
I would also add that there are other images on your site from institutes and collections that I know well and know those places require express permission to publish images of their work. You may find that they are less forgiving and litigious than I am and you might well want to remove them as well. I will come back in a week and if my work is still being used I will be forced to take further steps.
I know you subscribe to parts of this blog and I have a hard time imagining you will not see this or not have it pointed out to you by others. This is, and must be, a last warning about this behaviour on your part. I am very annoyed by this and I have every right to be. Take. It. Down.