It's the festive season! Which means it's that time of year when a hiatus from work is forced upon me and I have to desperately seek ways to fill that void with even more tedious projects than the ones I'm financially compensated for and drive myself insane. Two years after I scoured the backwaters of the internet to find my plundered photos being used for nefarious purposes without my consent or credit given, I finally put myself through this again.
Like many recovering addicts, I do occasionally right-click the odd image on my blog if I'm curious to see whether it's been misappropriated by other parties, and thankfully that seems to be happening a lot less since I switched to using lower-resolution images of 1024 x 768 or less to save space, which was also around the time I last went through all this. So there should hardly be any pilfering going on at all... right? Have you seen how skinny the scrolling bar's getting over there? -->
Yes, they've still been at it, as the following record of a wasted couple of days attests. For simplicity's sake - and to avoid wasting what remains of the year - I started at the point where I left things last time rather than going back to the start to see which fresh bastards have stepped into the ring to extend the results for a single 2011 Krabi photo to 14 pages. I need to save something for the New Year.
21st November 2012 +
Burmese days (Friday, November 23, 2012)
These thieving 'gallery' sites evidently haven't gone away in the two years since I last did this, but they've all changed their names. I don't think a battered pizza really counts as 'traditional Burmese food.'
A Buddhist trilogy (of five) (Monday, November 26, 2012)
Another gallery and the needlessly confusing website of "a properly inscribed non-profit educational project" using the picture in a totally irrelevant context. But you should still support their important work, whatever the hell it is.
Another cryptic/garbled website for "a multifaceted design firm that thrives on this diversity of ideas and people." Again, my image of cruel bird capturing has no relevance and was presumably picked up due to being surrounded by words like 'Buddhist' and 'divine reward,' without an appropriate sarcasm filter.
Happily, GoUNESCO does things properly and credits my blog, plus that page is well worth checking out anyway. How many sexist heritage sites have you been to? I've ticked off two of six!
I'm glad my actual page managed to scrape in there at the end, at least.
Just a bunch of images stolen from various people. There was no English URL amidst the foreign.
Yangon a minute (Thursday, November 29, 2012)
We've got our first thieving travel agent of the season. cnTRAVEL does it properly and references me, so it's not too annoying that they're above me.
Mandalay me down to sleep (Sunday, December 2, 2012)
Some pointless website that seems to have been taken down.
Where it all Bagan (Wednesday, December 5, 2012)
Mainly just some arbitrary-keyword galleries bundling my photos of ancient ruins with women stretching their vulvas open.
Here's what you could have lived... (Friday, December 14, 2012)
No one wants to nick my stock photo representing a 'fork in the road?' The one I was convinced would be plundered when I took this not long after doing all those image searches and getting angry the first time around? That's good, obviously. Great. See if I care.
I don't want Si Chang the world (Monday, December 17, 2012)
I'm not going to click that.
A childish day out again again again again again again again again again again again (Thursday, December 20, 2012)
I notice you have a similar skin colour to me, let's be friends (Sunday, December 23, 2012)
My fake faces may have freaked out unsuspecting Transformers fans. That last guy seems to have enjoyed my picture quite a lot. Calm down, Devid.
When vainly googling variations on my website name in the past, I've seen this showing up in various places (this one even credited me properly). Further demonstrating the futility of this exercise that doesn't even catch them all. Look, even my own original page didn't make the list, just one I recycled it for later. Might as well stop now.
Blasts from the passport (Saturday, December 29, 2012)
Those aren't blank, knob.
What are we doing here? (Friday, January 4, 2013)
It's a major city, so strap in.
I never knew I had so many 'fans.'
Devid's still getting much too excited by my photos.
Thieving Brazilian twats.
None of those descriptions is accurate.
This new-age New World Order nut bumped me to page two. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake to name the image 'sacrificed-kid-illuminati.'
Rockin' the suburbs (Tuesday, January 8, 2013)
I'm starting to identify some of these new kids on the block. What happened to Pelauts and Picstopin? I guess it's a fickle business.
Kind of blue (Monday, January 14, 2013)
Thieving Thai pricks.
Kind of red (Thursday, January 17, 2013)
That does it: anglerz, autoorb, galleryhip, gopixpic, imgarcade, imgkid, tattoodonkey, vulgaire and the other regular offenders will be taken as read from now on, so that this doesn't actually take forever. My tedious relentlessness is no match for yours, the bastards have won.
Kind of green (Sunday, January 20, 2013)
Why would anyone want that with me all in the way?
Farscape tour of Sydney (Monday, January 28, 2013)
Disappointingly not a nerd site in sight.
Kind of Black(heath) (Monday, February 4, 2013)
Turns out posting 400 x 300 images isn't enough to stop them being appropriated for 'HD wallpaper.'
I'm blue, da ba dee, almost died (Thursday, February 7, 2013)
Standards for celeb porn have also slipped considerably.
Literally the Newcastle of the south (Sunday, February 10, 2013)
The internet continues to self-parody.
On the buses (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)
I would have reconsidered posting this photo of a young Japanese girl riding the train with her bulbous-headed companion if I knew what the internet would do with it. Contains strong language of a sexual nature from the onset.
Devid was more amusing when he was turned on by my fake old man face and a stretch of sand, but now he's gone and spoiled things, so there'll be no more from him.
The last one is an Indonesian forum dedicated to collecting and perverting these type of pictures.
What have I done? I just thought the bear was funny.
Second first impressions (Friday, March 1, 2013)
Don't talk to me about hassle images.
Ohhh, THAT Philippines (Monday, March 4, 2013)
A local news site helped themselves. Despite being based in the city, they apparently didn't realise that this was a river during the dry season, rather than a flooded street.
Honeymoon (Tuesday, March 12, 2013)
Back to the stolen mash-ups again. I had minor satisfaction making an apologetic Swedish travel agent replace my monkey images in their collage one time, but I can't be bothered any more.
Shit optimistic Khao San Road salesmen expect tourists to say (Thursday, March 21, 2013)
Who knew Buzzfeed authors are a load of unoriginal plagiarists? They give credit to 'blogger.com' generally, which they judge to be enough.
Let's actually do Cambodia properly this time and I mean it this time (for a week) (Saturday, March 30, 2013)
The timing of the clock adds another level of theft certainty, beyond the identical lighting and clouds. I'm curious what that DMCA complaint could possibly have been about - is someone on my side?
Don't know what that's about, the photo doesn't even show up on the pages. They're just wasting my time. More so.
Hello me, it's me again (Monday, April 29, 2013)
Want to know what that's about?
Just a bizarre case of identity theft.
Davey day care (Tuesday, May 7, 2013)
Turns out I have a whole page on Lustdoctor, which has picked images from the lifespan of the blog completely at random. I wish they'd used any other image to promote it though.
Highlander IV: Not a Flower (Monday, May 20, 2013)
Some Malaysian company or other chose a really uninteresting picture.
We don't need no stinkin' Kong (Saturday, June 1, 2013)
A curiously Christian travel agent pushed me to page two.
Russian f**k and wedding c**t.
Accidental tour of Krabi (Tuesday, June 4, 2013)
Deutsche diving dicks.
How convenient of me to create a collage and save these Russian mofos the trouble.
Phi Phi? You should have gone before we left (Monday, June 10, 2013)
Thieving Koreans are true to form, but I was more disappointed by the Hungarians who then have the gall to include this warning on their site:
Update: They got back to my stock email promptly (I emailed about 10 sites during the course of this, just to see what would happen) and have apparently deleted the image now.
Never Sai never a-gon (Saigon) (Sunday, June 16, 2013)
Not really sure what the second one is - foreigners (well, locals) get away with more by not writing in English and making their pages off-puttingly long so no one will be bothered to scroll through all the way. I wouldn't know anything about that.
The war in Viet Flippin' Nam (Sunday, June 23, 2013)
Whoever these Malaysians are, they can't make Wordpress work, it wouldn't open.
Peek-a-boo, I annihilate you! (Thursday, June 27, 2013)
All these people were clearly too wussy to crawl through the tunnels themselves. Goddamned pussies. Opening the last one tried to download something to my computer, this is hazardous.
Confusing personal websites. No issues or sanity with these.
The uncultured show (Friday, July 12, 2013)
They've never been there.
Singapore tale (Monday, July 15, 2013)
That last one is the weirdest since the Tokyo identity theft. Someone who is otherwise trying to flog vitamin shakes and website tools claims to be the author of my blog, and is promoting it on a website supposedly dedicated to car seats. It has somehow amassed 2,589 views since September.
What are these people doing with their lives? Why can't they harness the infinite potential of the internet to do something productive, like I'm doing right now?
The beginning of the end (Sunday, July 21, 2013)
The only image they use to represent the entirety of Malaysia in a bid to encourage students to live there. No other country has markets sometimes.
Hey, Joe! (Saturday, July 27, 2013)
None of these websites opened, which appropriated this picture of my Edinburgh friends for varied purposes. What is going on please.
Deleted scenes: Thailand (Wednesday, August 28, 2013)
Whatever that's supposed to be, it wouldn't load either.
Deleted scenes: Malaysia (feat. Singapore) (Saturday, August 31, 2013)
Used in a confusing learning resource, if you want to teach your kid to be a thief. And illiterate.
Deleted scenes: Year two (Tuesday, September 3, 2013)
Deleted scenes: South Korea (Thursday, September 12, 2013)
Also didn't work or make sense. Either that formula I developed for self-destructing images worked, and I've taken down all these sites from the inside, or I'm losing my mind.
Sapi days (Friday, February 7, 2014)
These sites broke my computer for a while.
Several illegal audiobook uploaders mistakenly assumed I was uploading the covers for them. I wasn't.
It don't matter if you're black or white, though as usual white is preferred (Saturday, March 15, 2014)
This was exactly the same as that car seats one, but about home design instead. Inexplicably featuring my blog again.
Unhelpful freelance writing tips (Wednesday, April 2, 2014)
"Is it alright if I put a photo of you on the laptop in Manila airport in a blog I'm writing? I just need a picture about working in the airport. I don't have to if you don't feel comfortable with it, but no one'll even see it anyway."
Samui twoui (Tuesday, July 1, 2014)
I was pleased to see there have hardly been any thefts from this year. Even those light-fingered 'galleries' mostly left me alone after I self-enforced a stricter limit of 800 x 600 images, so I might finally have cracked the anti-theft solution. You know, beyond not using overly specific file names or just not putting them online in the first place.
If someone wants to see a nice, big version, they only have to ask.