Thursday, June 11, 2009
Family's Stolen Picture Ends Up In Czech Ad
|The dangers of sharing your personal pictures online became more apparent after a Missouri family's Xmas photo had made it's way to the front window of a store in another country.|
Jeff and Danielle Smith got a shock when they learned their family photo was being used, unauthorised, on an advertising poster in Prague.
They found out after the received the following message on facebook from college friend lives in the Czech Republic:
Mario Bertuccio, whose Grazie shop specialises in Italian food imports, said that he thought the image had been computer-generated.
He used it to advertise his shop's grocery delivery service.
The Smith family blog goes on to say:
The photo has since been removed.
"We'll be happy to write an e-mail with our apology," said Mr Bertuccio, adding that if the family had lived locally, he would have offered them a bottle of wine.While this all may sound surreal, it happens more than you know.
Anyone who uploads personal pictures to a social networking site runs the risk of having them swiped and used for the wrong reasons.
To protect yourself, always load low resolution pictures (50k),and add a watermark. If you have an album of flick make sure that your account is tagged 'All Rights Reserved'.