photo-copyright-protectionI always start pitching investors by telling the story of how the Myows idea came to life: In 2008 I was working as a photographer and wanted to start my own imagebank with 20 000 lifestyle images I’d taken. I was already using Freshbooks for invoicing and BaseCamp for project management, yet I couldn’t find an online solution that would help me protect my copyright in an easy way, so I decided to create one to meet my needs: I called it Myows and with the help of 3 partners we launched to great acclaim in 2009.

Does Myows work to protect copyright?

The answer is yes, and please take a minute to read this testimonial from a Myows user, a Professional Nature Photographer that successfully got infringing images removed from Corbis and other websites by using our solution:

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Testimonial from Marcus Armani of Armani Nature Photography:

I would like to thank the staff at MYows.com, I have had several Images stolen from my personal website and posted on various photography sites , for sale, for wallpaper, for display claiming they were the photographer and copyright holder.

I did not know what to do and at a point it seemed hopeless. I then came across the MYows website, A site in which I have never seen before so I thought I would try it out. what they do is amazing and so very easy, you only need to upload your original image to the site, From then on your work is safe!

I had my first copyright case against Corbis images , they had one of my photos on their site for sale, I went to MYows website where I only had to click on the photo in question open a case and click send a Cease and Desist order which was pre made from the information I entered when uploading the photo, within 48 hours I received an email from Corbis Images a company who previously had ignored my emails phone calls etc.. This email stated that they would remove my photo and in a few hours it was off their site!

This is only one feature of MYows, they provide copyright proof of every original photo you upload, you can click create a certificate and MYows will take you to a page with your photos name and all information needed, with this certificate you can send the link along with a changeable password to anyone doubting you are the copyright holder, you then send this link to the party in question along with the password when they receive it they can view the original work and compare it to the work on their site they are refusing to take down, this is invaluable as there is no disputing the fact that you are the photographer and copyright holder and they have no choice but to remove you work from their site as they will face severe consequences should they not , and Myows makes that clear in the Cease and Desist letter.

I could really go on all day about how valuable Myows is, I am a Professional photographer of 25 years and I will stake my reputation on their service!

I had one case close in a matter of a day , and just received a email from my second case which states they agree to the cease and desist order.

I can only say this was one of the greatest finds in my career as a photographer !

If you want to keep your work safe from thetf and be able to prove copyright and be able to act on it with easy to use tools that you don’t have to be a lawyer to understand, I URGE you to sign up with Myows.com, start uploading your work, and I promise you will feel protected like you never have before!!

Matt Armanini Aka Marcus Armani of Armani Nature Photography .
www.armaniphotography.com/gallery/

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Update:
Armani’s 2nd successful takedown happened within hours: