Anti-piracy firm caught using photos without consent

A Montreal-based firm gathering evidence on Canadian downloading pirated content has been caught using copyrighted images on its Web site without securing consent from its owners.

Canipre, which stands for Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement, makes money by providing so-called “takedown services” on behalf of companies who believe their copyrighted content are being illegally downloaded or used by other people.

Voltage Pictures, makers of the movie The Hurt Locker, is now attempting to get Ontario-based Internet service provider Teksavvy to release the names associated with more than 1,000 Internet protocol addresses which they claim belong to individuals who illegally downloaded their copyrighted content.

Canipre was the firm that provided Voltage with those IP addresses, according to online publication


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However, Vice found out that Canipre itself was using the copyrighted self portrait of creative photographer Steve Houk on the front page of its Web site.

Houk told Vice that he never authorized or licensed the image to anyone.

Vice also reported that a second image of artist Sascha Pohflepp was used by Canipre on another part of the site, again without the artist’s consent.

Vice took screen shots of the images, but after he article came out on Tuesday, Canipre has removed the images from its Web site.

Canipre is concerned about the incident “as anybody else,” said Barry Logan, Canipre managing director said in a statement to Global News.

He said it was caused by a contract Web designer who did not exercise “full and proper due diligence” in sourcing the images on Canipre’s behalf.

The Web designer, Trevor Patkau took full responsibility. In a separate statement to the news agency, he said he is trying to figure out what went wrong.

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