Tuesday, 12 November 2013

False Advertisement Using My Photographs: Eczema Cures

So some of you may be aware if you are a friend on Facebook or a member of the ITSAN page that one of my photographs had been used to falsely advertise an eczema cure. I was alerted to this fact by someone who had come across the image and noticed it was being used to sell a product.

The website in question that used my photograph was attempting to sell a book relating to eczema cures without the use of steroids. However they took one of my images without my prior permission as a "before" picture and included an image of a different woman, who just so happened to be a brunette with blue eyes as the "after". When showing some of my friends the site they were able to deconstruct it and found that virtually none of the information was in any way truth. The image of the man supposedly writing the content for the site was in actual fact a stock image of a male model. A clause was also spotted that stated that the information on the site should be taken with diligence and "are unverified results that have been forwarded to us... and may not reflect the typical purchaser's experience, may not apply to the average person and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results."

This website is also full of viruses and other nasties so I don't recommend you click on any links provided to their site. After a choice worded email from myself my image has since been removed however the website is still up promoting lies and leading poor desperate people to buy from it.

Basically I would say stay away from VanishEczema.com and it's affiliated sites (Health Online Group) as they appear to only be working to create some serious capital and not in keeping your best interests at heart.

In the mean time you will be seeing some changes to this blog, including proper disclaimers and such. I have included one in the "About Me" section and it is actually law that any images taken by the photographer has full ownership of those photos, so that is something to bare in mind. Do not just take photographs without prior permission.

I hope everyone is well :)