Canadian anti-piracy bounty hunters ripped off photos for their website

Canipre, a Canadian company that helps the entertainment industry send legal threats to people alleged to have infringed copyright, has been caught using several infringing images on its website. Included in the art that Canipre appropriated for commercial gain without permission is a CC-licensed photo that they could have used legally simply by crediting the photographer. Canipre blames its web developer.

I ended up getting a flurry of phone calls and e-mails from a guy named Barry Logan.

Logan claimed that the company used a 3rd party vendor to develop their website and that the vendor had purchased the image from an image bank.

I pointed out to Logan that if that was true, he had basically paid his vendor to rip off other people's creative work. Logan told me that he would contact his web provider and have the image removed. He also told me that he would provide me with the name of the website developer and the name of the image bank where they obtained my photo.

I did notice that they took down my photo, but I have not heard back from Logan regarding the name of the developer and where they sourced my image. I plan to contact Logan later today if he doesn't get back to me. [sic]

The best part is that the company claims it is motivated by a higher calling than mere profit: "[We want to] change social attitudes toward downloading. Many people know it is illegal but they continue to do it... Our collective goal is not to sue everybody… but to change the sense of entitlement that people have, regarding Internet-based theft of property."

The Company Helping Movie Studios Sue You for Illegal Downloading Has Been Using Images Without Permission [Vice/Jamie Lee Curtis]


    1. Arguably, the “wasn’t me, it was the cut-price content monkey who I contracted out!” defense also suggests a… deep and abiding… respect for the labor of the ‘content creators’.

  1. That “sense of entitlement” is so infectious it even contaminated these brave warriors as they fought against it. Damn yon, sense of entitlement!!!

  2. Just, um, incidentally, ‘Canipre’ may be Canadian; but .com is a TLD administered under the jurisdiction of the United States. It would be a… pity…. if the DMCA were to become involved.

  3. I have no sympathy for the entertainment industry. None. Some companies (Apple, Amazon) have adapted to the internet. Others haven’t. Those that haven’t will die off. That’s it. I’m not gonna feel guilty about it, why should I? The entertainment industry has spent the past 15 years since Napster complaining in the news and financially ruining the lives of private citizens. You don’t win hearts and minds by suing grandmas, teenagers, single moms, and dead people. You don’t win them by issuing illegal takedown notices on content you DON’T OWN. You certainly don’t win them hypocritically stealing artwork for your website and not doing your due diligence. Face it, Canipre, you have already lost. We are immune to your message of guilt, because we know that the people you work for don’t feel one iota of guilt over the people and families they have destroyed in their quest for a slightly more inflated bottom line.

  4. Its only a crime when you little people do it, not when we do it…

    Maybe if you wanted to change the world you’d make sure you were following the rules first.

  5. “but to change the sense of entitlement” A lofty goal! Not just for governments anymore!

  6. I only wish the photographers would have given these scumbags a little taste of their own medicine – like takedown notices or a nice lawsuit.

    Ignorance is usually not an excuse when the proles are caught “stealing” intellectual property, so why should this douche nozzle get off scot-free?

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