I'm having a bit of an issue, and I thought this forum on the site might be able to assist me. I thought about posting this in the Complaints forum, but that seemed to be little more than childish ranting. I'm actually looking to accomplish something directly involving this site and some photos.
Sara, a friend of mine, used to be an editor for the comic news site. While there, she ended up doing some cosplaying photos for the fun of it. Really, I think they're some lovely looking photos. She's not a professional model and doesn't have these archived elsewhere.
However, here's the problem. A user on devArt, who is not the photographer of these photos, has been posting several of her pictures on devArt in their gallery, as if they were their own works. What bothers Sara the most is that her photos are being posted right along with pictures of very graphic nudity.
As an artist myself, I don't see the nudity being offensive, but I can certainly sympathize with her being uncomfortable with it.
Sara has tried contacting this user and the site about the misuse of these photos without her permission, but hasn't gotten any reply in over a month. She's asked for my help. I tried contacting someone on the site, but I've yet to hear anything. I also tried asking her to contact the real photographer of the pictures, but she's not sure she can get a hold of him now.
The fact this user has posted these images without anyone's permission starts to make me wonder if they took any of the photos they have posted. I didn't want to post the user name until I hear some suggestions.
I've had people try to post some of my art in the past as their own, and those seemed to be resolved rather quickly. I've never dealt with this issue and photography.