Aphoenix’s Sunny Skies v. [Redacted]

Hello all! I got an interesting email from one [redacted]¬†about my my photo Sunny Skies. Here is the email, with Trevor’s email taken out.

I believe we have been in contact before. My picture, “Sunny Skies” is still up on your website. I would appreciate this being taken down, or at least some credit given. The reason I am ticked off about this is because that everyone on your comments page thinks that you took it, when we both know that is a lie. If this is not taken down within the month, further action will be taken.


There are a few things wrong with this email.

  1. I took this picture. I still have the camera somewhere, and I definitely have the original. I’m anal about pictures – I never delete them.
  2. I have never heard from [redacted] before. Sounds scammy to me.
  3. I hate vague threats about copyright infringement, especially when there’s no infringement.

I hastily penned a response, and just as hastily deleted it. It takes a bit of effort, but it doesn’t hurt anyone to be polite, right? Here is my response:

Hello [redacted],

We have not been in contact before; this is the first I’ve heard from you.

Unfortunately, I think there is some kind of confusion. While you may have a similar picture, Sunny Skies is one of mine; I still have the original and the camera that it was taken on, and the memory card that it was originally written to. I take false allegations about copyright infringement very seriously, and I do not appreciate being called a liar.

If you wish to pursue this matter further, please note that I will be making all contact between us public on my blog. I will take further contact to mean that you agree to my publishing of emails, letters, or any other form of communication.


Andrew Phoenix

I hope that stays within the bounds of civility. I was pretty angry when first reading; getting a take down notice regarding a photo that I took is aggravating, and it is even more so because this is one of my most pirated photos. It is used without attribution a lot – TinEye highlights just how much.

I guess it is time to wait and see what happens.

One Reply to “Aphoenix’s Sunny Skies v. [Redacted]”

  1. Attention Mr. Phoenix,

    It has come to our attention that this blog post is making use of the word “Skies”. As you are undoubtedly aware, the word Skies(tm) has been trademarked by our client, airport escort service, “Skies & Dolls”. Please cease the use of this term immediately, and delete this blog post from your website or we will be forced to take legal action.

    Cumming Cockburn, Barristers

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