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Steve Miller

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When I originally posted the video I did not watermark it so that it could be easily picked up by media and because I was not seeking personal attention; just wanted to get the BS out there in front of people.
I did not watermark it therefore I don't really have much of a valid retaliation and since it's furthering the exposure of the video, I'll let it go.
Maybe Mr. Martin will enjoy his share of death threats from the tivtards.

I REALLY appreciate the mention here in the infringement area Jason. Thank you! This is likely the most worthwhile thread on ST.
 
I found a channel on YouTube where the guy takes other chasers footage, splices them into his own video, and then talks over it to make it appear like he was the one who shot it. He calls himself "The Tornado Hunter" but doesn't seem to have a relation to Megan Gould's Tornado Hunters.

Here is a link to his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTornadohunter

For example here is one of his edited videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4plltKxNH6M

...and here is the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSWRr1c3UpE
 

Rob H

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Justice works fast, Bart. The video has already been removed :)
I'm glad it's been removed, but the guy still has like 130 followers that think he's this awesome 'Tornado Hunter'. It would have been nice to shame him into repentance or something.

Also, now that the video is gone we'll never get to hear his words of wisdom again - like when he's talking into the camera and says something like "I'm looking for wall clouds... oh, there's a disturbance over there" <cut to Mulvane tornado dropping>. At least this infringer could provide some laughs :D
 

Jason Boggs

Justice works fast, Bart. The video has already been removed :)
I gave him a little lecture on how he might fool the general public, but not real storm chasers. I called him a thief and a liar and he didn't seem upset. I guess he had no reason to be.
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QpZgQYz7SY Hey! Amazing! This guy just completely ripped my 5/13/09 footage for his own! Watermark and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM5oEia0K9E - Part of MY footage. I had a full length version on my old YT account where he hacked this off of. I had since deleted that and created a new video.... nice to know someone can rip my work. I guess I made it huh.
 
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Rob H

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That guy actually wrote a book on chasers...Here is the link.
http://www.publishamerica.net/product6114.html
I know it's not directly related to the video he steals, but the description of that book is a gem!

The Fallen Sky is about tornado chasers who use state-of-the-art technology to track tornadoes and study them, while preparing to launch a new advanced warning system that generates up to six months worth of precise weather forecasting. The teams go on a long journey through the Midwest as they bump into a group of wannabe storm chasers and try to help them grow into professionals.

Peter lost his family when an F3 tornado touched down on their home while he spent the night at a friend’s house on the other side of town. He grows up prejudiced against tornados, which alters him into an inventor. He designs a machine called the “twister eliminator” and will be named the first man ever in history to control a storm by a device.
One of his other videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgifHx6f9_c) stole the sound from another site (I'm not able to find it at the moment). I know because it's the exact file I used to set the ringtone on my phone :D
 
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Jason Foster

This one I'm not sure of:

Extreme Weather Films

their youtube channel says they've been doing stock footage for 9 years. The website whois says it was registered in May 2010. The footage seems similar, but can't seem to match it up yet with any others. But the site (extremeweatherfilms.com) seems a tad dry. It may just be the start of a new site, but I can't find a name linked to the trade name and the yahoo.com email address seems a little suspicious.

http://www.youtube.com/user/extremeweatherfilms
http://extremeweatherfilms.com/
 
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Dec 11, 2003
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Thanks to you guys for pointing this out. I'll message them tomorrow and ask that they remove the image. There's a little uptick in the piracy of this image lately. One frequent poster on ST is using it as an avatar and another "chaser" on FB has it as his profile pic. This photo is NOT in the public domain. It's owned by Eric's wife and licensed through Corbis International, who vigorously protect the copyright. This is still a frequently licensed image.

Thanks again for posting the usage.
 
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Looks like I found another site with Eric's photo on it.

http://www.meetstevegreen.com/

If you watch the slide show of photos on the left side of the screen you will see that he photoshopped him self into the Mulvane tornado photo.
Wow, and he sublicensed it to Wired.com:

http://www.meetstevegreen.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=61

http://www.wired.com/wired/images.html?issue=13.10&topic=tornado&img=1

Cheeky!

Though I suppose it's possible that he legitimately licensed the shot. Seems rather suspect, to say the least.

The image at the bottom of the article about him here:

http://www.designworldonline.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=705

Seems suspect too. Looks like a Reed or a Hollingshead shot. Again, might be legitimately licensed by the magazine, who knows.