Question :

My name is ………….., and I took a photograph of Jeddah coastline on 11th January 2014. I only uploaded the low-res version of that photo on my website as well as social media (facebook).

Last week, while surfing through my social media feed, I stumbled upon my photograph used by a Bahrain-based magazine. To my surprise, I did a google image search and found over 50 websites (incl. a major Media group, airline, dictionary & magazines etc) using my photograph without asking for my permission and credit.

Upon further research, I found my photo with a creative commons license (wikimedia) issued by someone else without my notice.

Kindly advise as what should be the course of action in this situation.


  1. Yes, it is your property and no one else has no right to use it without your permission. You may sue those company, starting with a legal notice.
    I also checked the Wikimedia, they hv already put your Photo for deletion, maybe you already submitted complaint there.

  2. 26/02/2018

    Dear Gull Hassan,
    Thanks very much for your response. Yes, indeed I’ve asked for its deletion from wikimedia.
    Can you please tell me if I can hire an attorney online, and he/she can send the notice on my behalf?

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