As most avid hunters are doing as the winter drags along, I have been checking out quite a few guiding websites to look thru their photo albums of successful hunts. It appears as if a few sites have the same photos posted of some "trophy-class animals"--from my recollection this occurred with brown bear and Dall sheep photos.
Now of course this could be based on some agreement between 2 guides or one outfit transported while another guided, etc., or an assistant guide now has his own website and is using photos when he was guiding for another outfit, etc.
But I was wondering if anybody has had problems with their wildlife photos(especially of harvested animals) being used without their permission.
Would be interesting to hear from some of the guides that regularly frequent this forum--has this happened to you? Have you ever had to write or call somebody with a cease and desist order, etc.? Do you copyright all your photos? Do you have to get a release from your clients to post photos/use them in advertisements of their animals?
Seems to me to maybe bring in an ethical issue as well--sort of like a truth in advertisement issue if a guide is posting animals that weren't actually harvested by his outfit.
BTW--I cannot remember which websites specifically this occurred on but I think I could find them again if anybody wanted to know...either way, interested to hear what others think on this topic...