We received a complaint regarding one image in the Reference Image Library from a person representing to be the copyright owner of the image. Pursuant to the user agreement, we take reports by copyright owners seriously, and we have removed all of the user's 1500+ images.
We've done this because we've been unable to reach the user for an explanation and because a number of members have begun to question other images posted by this user, so while only one copyright owner complained, we've been unable to determine the scope of the problem.
You can click here http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showgallery_removed.php
to see the images that were removed. Again, we do not confirm any violation took place, but we are bringing this issue to the users who have uploaded and downloaded images in the collaborative Reference Image Library.
This is a good time to remind everyone of the importance of only uploading images that you yourself own the copyright for. This is the first rule of the library, and you could be held liable by other members of this community or the copyright owner if you do not.
The Reference Image Library is a good faith collaborative effort on the part of artists to combine their reference images. This is the first case like this one I've heard of since starting with WetCanvas!. However, it only works if people post images for which they own the copyright. The consequences are dire if you post images that you do not yourself own, and you would be hurting this community of artists. If you have not snapped the picture yourself, do not post it.
This issue is now a legal matter. Please do not accuse or hint at accusing the poster of any of these images of anything unlawful on WetCanvas! (whether in the forums or PM). No one has all the facts on this matter, including us, on whether anything unlawful occurred; there may well be a perfectly innocent explanation, but this argument is now a legal issue and will not be had on WC!. Any statement to the contrary may well be libelous, and in any event would run afoul of the user agreement.
If you feel the need to engage the poster of these images because you have a commercial interest in these images, do so in a legal venue, and not on the WetCanvas! forum.
Also, if you have a commercial interest in the images posted by this user, you may want to print this page so that you have evidence of your own good faith.
Of course, we are more than a little upset by these events. We do believe in the good faith of the overwhelming majority of our members, but we felt we should make users of the library aware of this issue.