Lorraine asked in PetsDogs · 10 years ago

Copyright of dog pics...?

I just went on to a rottie website that I am a member of but rarely visit as it is a US one, only to find that someone named Capp has used my avatar that I use on here.


As this happens to be MY dog Tara taken by MY camera then I am not sure whether to be flattered or annoyed - or both.

How would you react.


Registered lab Cookie ? We certainly don't have labs with such a blocky head over here in the UK that's for sure. You can actually see her tan on the picture anyway. She is actually the daughter of Ch.Travillon Moonlight Shadow from a very successful UK rottie kennel, and there is NO DOUBT the picture is of my ***** if you look at the jaw line and the slight showing of the far ear.

This was more "tongue in cheek" anyway as in a way it is flattering that someone liked my picture enough to use it. I am not really THAT annyoed, just a little surprised when I visited a US website.

Update 2:

Oops forgot to do the * in the word b*tch..

Update 3:

Crikey JoJo - now that has surprised me that it is on google images... guess I am still a little computer naive..

Update 4:

It's ok Cookie - forgiven.. do hope the experience you've had with rotties in your class have been good ones.

9 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    Had to laugh at the comment that your Rottweiler looks to be the epitome of a registered Lab.

    We don't have Labs with heads like that in Australia either.

    I can see why someone would want to use your pic as their avatar Lorraine. It's a gorgeous profile of a Rottie. She's got a beautiful head.

    Maybe email them and ask why they used it. I bet they'll tell you they love it. I don't post pics of my dogs on the net anymore. Haven't done for years.

    ADD: Apologies Cookie. I didn't mean to put you down. I really thought it was funny. At first I thought you were joking.

  • 10 years ago

    Considering your dog looks like the epitome of a registered lab, it could be a coincidence. If it's a direct copy and you have no copyrights on it, your picture is up for grabs..that's part of the problem of the internet.

    Have you asked the person that uses it why your picture was used without your permission, if it was?

    OOPS, sorry Lorainne....I just answered a lab question and my old lady brain was frozen in that breed. Personally, I think I would be flattered if someone used my dogs picture.

    The only contact I've had with Rotties is in my classes, and none of the pet types here look anything like Lorainnes Avatar. Show me a sheltie or a Miniature Schnauzer and I'd know it in a minute.

    Sorry you feel you have to put down someone, Moondog

  • 10 years ago

    How I would react would depend on the purpose the pic was used for.

    If it was copied from my flickr account or one of my avatar pics, then as long as they were not attempting to pass dog off as belonging to them, I would think it was nice that they liked it.

    On the other hand if a picture was copied & added to a listing for a litter of back yard/puppy farm bred puppies online/in a paper ect, then I would want it removed forthwith.

  • 10 years ago

    I would be upset. Just a guess, but sometimes people think they are being discreet. It makes one wonder if they have a Rottweiler, why not have theirs on an avatar. In a way I would be flattered, but it would mostly be over shadowed by me being pissed off.

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  • Jojo
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    If you go on "rottweiler images" on google, your avatar image is on there and can be copied and used by anyone and they probably don`t check on its "source".

    Whoever copies it "may" not even be aware that its your avatar, so I guess you would be right to be flattered, rather than annoyed.

    Hope this helps.

    Also there are thousands of images that look very very similar to your one. Its was just unfortunate (or not) that someone chose your image.

  • 10 years ago

    I would be realy happy somwon used it you have a gorgeous dog I bet thats why they used it I would be flattered if somwon posted a picture of my dog

  • 10 years ago


    I'm not sure there is a lot you can do if its from an avatar, other than ask them nicely to stop using it.

    If they refuse to stop using it, i would contact the sites admin and see if they will warn or ban them.

    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    I have made mine sign the copyright over to me and included there memoirs as well hopefully this will be my pension.

  • 10 years ago

    somebody did that with my picture of my beautiful husky and it annoyed me... i asked them to remove it as it was my dog so they did and said sorry!!

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