Copyright infringement / Kinko's

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Brooks Ray, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. Brooks Ray

    Brooks Ray Guest


    I'm new here so hello to all and hope you're all OK.

    One year ago I had a problem with Kinko's reproducing my images which
    are stamped with a copyright front and back. Had a talk with the
    district manager regarding these infringements and asked him to stop.

    A year later I find out through a customer of mine who had actually
    originally gone to Kinko's and placed an order for Christmas cards. The
    cards looked so bad that she refused to pay.... and they then proceeded
    to give them to her anyway.

    She then called on another photolab to have similiar treatment done and
    was informed that it is illegal to reproduce a copyrighted image; the
    photolab referred her to the photographer that took the picture. She did
    contact me for her order and finally got my quality with my name on it.

    I called upon Kinko's to check their awareness of copyright law and
    Kinko's copyright policy. I found that three out of four different
    locations copied my work, no questions asked even with the Copyright
    sign on the front, a big stamp on the back with "Copyright by PetPix"
    and my phone # listed in plain view.

    Just wondering if any of you have had any similar experience with
    Kinko's defacing your art and putting your name on something that
    doesn't represent your quality?

    It seems that Kinko's is making profit on copyrighted professional
    photographs and I'd like to personally put a stop to this illegal
    activity with your help!

    Email me at if you've suffered a similiar
    situation. With all the hoopla regarding copyright laws in this country
    at the moment should not there be a system of checks and balances
    regarding images??

    This is how I earn my living and Kinko's is getting my paycheck. Are
    they getting yours too?

    Best Regards,
    Brooks Ray
    Brooks Ray, Feb 5, 2004
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