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It has come to my attention that Billy Griffin has taken several photographs from chasers, including one of mine, and placed them onto his website calling them his own.

http://www.billygriffin.com/wxphotos.htm

My photo was taken without permission and includes the Albany, MO multi-vortex tornado from May 24, 2004. In addition, he has cropped and removed the copyright notice from my photo. The real images I shot from this day can be found here.

http://www.targetarea.net/may2404.html

He claims the photo is from March 21, 2005 and several other photos on his page look very familiar to other chaser's images. I would strongly encourage everyone to review this page and determine if their photos were stolen.

It takes a sad and pathetic individual to take other chaser’s photographs and call them their own, especially when they claim they have been chasing since 1995.

Scott Blair
http://www.targetarea.net
 
The first picture on there is from Paris, Tx on March 21, 2005 and was taken by Darin Brunin. I know this because he and I chased together on that day and also, I was standing right next to him as he shot that and then showed me the picture. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th pics from the March 21 account are from Karen Rhoden. That really is quite sad. I dont mind people using my pics on their site, as long as the copyright stays on and they at least ask.

~I have sent a PM to Darin and Karen letting them know about this situation.
 
WOW! I would expect that from non chasers but chasers (or a thief in this case) stealing other chasers pics. It just happens that the top one is mine taken on March 21st near Paris, TX. Wow I am freakin pissed. Billy I would advise you to get that off of there very very quickly buddy.

See a resemblence? This is freakin rediculous.


From Billy's website
1.jpg


From my website
paris10large.jpg
 
Looks like Billy may have broken the cardinal chase photography rule ... unless he can come up with a very compelling defense very quickly - either that or start making amends.

Welcome to the board's official blacklist, Bill.
 
since he is a country singer and song writer maybe he can write and sing a song apoligizing. he could call it ( USING PICTURES WITHOUT PERMISSION) :D
 
Damn!

Darin,
I looked at both those pics and definitely think they are of the same tornado, just looks like a certain "someone" adjusted the contrast or something. Its to bad that this type of problem exists; wonder why he didn't use any of my pics, weren't they good enough???? :lol: :D
 
wow wow wow... looks like he just updated his site from this past saturday, and Scott Blair's, David Drummond's, Melanie Metz's, Dan Robinson's and Nick Grillo's pics all appear...and to make things worse, everyones copyrights have all been cropped off. These are the pics with the copyrights
http://www.stormtrack.org/forum/viewtopic....?t=6836&start=0

..also...16 tornadoes? Funny how SPC has only 10 reported...

...this is just sad...and thats an understatement
 
Re: Damn!

Originally posted by Craig Maire II
Darin,
I looked at both those pics and definitely think they are of the same tornado, just looks like a certain \"someone\" adjusted the contrast or something. Its to bad that this type of problem exists; wonder why he didn't use any of my pics, weren't they good enough???? :lol: :D

Craig, I guess there's something to be said for us less talented photogs!

Look at the bright side, though guys; at least it wasn't Hollingshead getting ripped off this time! :)

Regards,

Mike
 
Pretty scummy. I find it so hard to understand why people do these kinds of things. The main reason I post pictures and reports is because I am proud of what I accomplished. I don't know how pawning someone elses accomplishment (photos) off as your own would make you feel better about yourself. Ya really got your pants pulled down on this one Billy.

By the way, I am not a math major, but I was on the Kent county storm from its first tornado too and there were not 16 tornadoes. You aren't supposed to count each vortice in a multivortex tornado Billy.
 
I also thought the "16 tornadoes" thing was a little sketchy. I can't say that for sure, since I wasn't on the southern storm until a little after it stopped producing. But nobody else I've heard of saw nearly that many tornadoes on Sunday.

Since I don't know very much about photography or copyright laws, I wonder what exactly the penalties are for somebody who steals someone else's copywritten pictures?

--Phillip
 
Un-frickin-believable. I was going to give the guy the benefit of the doubt that maybe he just happen to be in the same location, but these are so OBVIOUS. You can tell where the copyrights have been cropped.

And the first 2 photos under March 21 aren't even from the 21st (as previously mentioned) in OK.

How pathetic. And this is on his storm chasing home page:



All images Copyright and U.S. patent protected, © 1996 - 2005

Billy Griffin Productions, Natural Images Photography
 
Originally posted by chad lawson
since he is a country singer and song writer maybe he can write and sing a song apoligizing. he could call it ( USING PICTURES WITHOUT PERMISSION) :D

I don't know. Maybe he steals the songs too. :lol:
 
This is lame beyond words. What's worse, the theft is so brazen I have to wonder how he ever thought he would get away with it. What up Billy? Did you want to get caught?

Not only is this blatant copyright infringement, but it's woefully unethical. I too wanted to give him benefit of doubt. But this is too obvious. Way too obvious.

For shame dude. That's just limp.

db


http://stormcast.net/
 
Im not trying to defend the guy but he doesn't exactly say the pictures are his. He says they are of a particular storm. Now granted they are displayed as though one could be lead to believe they are his and copyrights are cropped but Im leaving a little wiggle room.
 
If it were my photos that were being stolen, I do believe that I would take legal action against this person. We all love sharing photos of our chase encounters and experiences, and it would be totally ashame if we had to keep our copyrighted photos to ourself because of theft from such idiots. Is this Billy person actually a member? Maybe we should make this a private forum and only allow members to view. Therefore, only by registration can you see any of these photos.

Anyone think that is a good idea?
 
yeah i wanted to give him the benefit of doubt at first too, but this ends all wiggle room for me...found on his front page


All images Copyright and U.S. patent protected, © 1996 - 2005

Billy Griffin Productions, Natural Images Photography
 
Originally posted by Tyler Allison
Im not trying to defend the guy but he doesn't exactly say the pictures are his. He says they are of a particular storm. Now granted they are displayed as though one could be lead to believe they are his and copyrights are cropped but Im leaving a little wiggle room.

I was thinking that too..kinda a gray area..until I saw this:

All images Copyright and U.S. patent protected, © 1996 - 2005

Billy Griffin Productions, Natural Images Photography
 
Originally posted by Mike Mezeul II
wow wow wow... looks like he just updated his site from this past saturday, and Scott Blair's, David Drummond's, Melanie Metz's, Dan Robinson's and Nick Grillo's pics all appear...and to make things worse, everyones copyrights have all been cropped off. These are the pics with the copyrights
http://www.stormtrack.org/forum/viewtopic....?t=6836&start=0

..also...16 tornadoes? Funny how SPC has only 10 reported...

...this is just sad...and thats an understatement

Guess I'm glad I haven't gotten around to posting mine yet.
 
Im not trying to defend the guy but he doesn't exactly say the pictures are his.


Yeah but cropping off the copyright shows the intent. Gotta be pretty cool to do that. Guess his music fans won't know the dif.
 
Originally posted by Brett Adair
Is this Billy person actually a member?

yes :(

Its sicking that he did this, in his profile, it says met. student at OU. I have to wonder if that is true or if he has ever gone and chased at all? it appers all the tornado photos from a few days ago are stolen.

That is low, very low.
 
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