It has been almost four years since our family photo was stolen from one of my sites and used in an ad in the Czech Republic to advertise for a grocery store. And yet, the story still pops up.
Sometimes, it is in a request to be used in a text book teaching about copyright. Sometimes another photo somewhere on the world wide web is snatched and used without permission and our story will pop up in a search and we will be used as a reference.
But this time, we are on Yahoo! in one of their ‘Who Knew’ videos…. along with Russell Christoff, the guy who discovered his face on Folger’s Coffee and Geraldine Doyle, the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter. Their version isn’t 100% accurate, but it is close. And it would have been nice if they had used my name, yes?
The title of the video: “How did I get Famous? Unwitting Photo Postings that were used to sell Products”.
Take a look:
Thank you to my friend Carol Roth for bringing this to my attention.
Since this picture of our family was taken, it has appeared on two other sites right here in the United States and we have had to fight to have it removed. You’d think the publicity surrounding the theft the first time would mean people would stay away from it, right?