Monday, August 11, 2014

Blacklist of Copyright Infringing Websites

Copyright infringements are a pain in the neck not only for photographers. There are too many parasites out there who misuse the work of others. On this blacklist will be websites with a commercial purpose only, which means they either have advertising or sell directly or indirectly via affiliations.

Some extreme "free" ones are also added like e.g. the "Russian Facebook" VK which refuses to take down infringing conten unless you send by mail to Saint-Petersburg "confirming documents, e.g. - raw materials (digital, paper, etc.) that appear in the process of creating the work, a copy certified by a notary of the text, musical notation, etc., other materials (at the discretion of the authors).  This is of course a ridiculous attempt to do nothing against copyright infringements!

This blacklist will be updated regurarly and shared through the social networks.
Feel free to contact me by e-mail if you think a website should be listed here.

May 16, 2015

March 11, 2015

February 13, 2015

December 15, 2014

September 26, 2014

September 17, 2014

August 29, 2014

August 11, 2014  

Sunday, June 29, 2014


The Biggest Impersonation and Copyright Infringement Scandal

This is a true story. When you google for "deziree ramirez" images you will see this:

Some of you might have noticed that the woman on these Google search images is not Deziree Ramirez but the well known model: Francesca Felucci. Why does Google show photos of Francesca Felucci when you searched for Deziree Ramirez? What's going on here? Btw, there is still a lot online of what we will have a closer look at below.

Real Housewives of Dallas 

When this story really started we don't know yet. Somehow it got quite big in the media in spring 2012 when The Dallas Morning News had an article posted about the TV show "Real Housewives of Dallas". Deziree Ramirez (DR) was one of the candidates for this show. Other news companies and blogs wrote about it like,,, realhousewivesofgossip,  and they all used images of Francesca Felucci.


Then more websites made reports about DR. Many radiostation blogs and other magazines had photos of Francesca Felucci to show and "facts" to present like e.g.,,,,,,,, ...


Playboy, Maxim, FHM, Fannatic

DR became fast quite popular and made it in some important magazines and even on the cover as the website wanted us to believe, again with images of Francesca Felucci.

Who was behind all this?

Our research made us come to the conclusion that Harley Gonzales and some of his friends created DR and used Francesca Felucci's images for it.

They created profiles and pages for DR on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, IMDb, Wikipedia and used images of Francesca Felucci for it. Most of them were fast removed thanks to the clear impersonation evidence. 

They published a magazine called FANNATIC and had some problems with partners, models, photographers, make-up artists and a retoucher.

Does anybody know or recognize this guy, Harley Gonzales?

(Update on October 10, 2014)
It's hard to believe but Harley Gonzales is still active with his FANNATIC scam on Instagram. His partner:

DR is autograph signing. Does anybody know or recognize this woman? This is not Francesca Felucci. It could be the real DR.

You can even find DR still now on Google+  of course with photos of Francesca Felucci !! 
These photos I had Google remove by DMCA reporting on March 11, 2015.

The popular Czech TV station TV Nova made a report about this impersonation and copyright infringement which was broadcasted on March 14th, 2013

as well as the Czech May 2013 Edition of Playboy
The Swiss Police in Zurich has this Impersonation and Copyright Infringement since July 2013 in their files and further legal activities are pending. In case you are a lawyer in US (or you know one) we are open to discuss this. Please contact Karl Louis -

Deziree seems to be still alive. Even in 2015 blogposts are made with "her" images:
While most social media profiles got deleted within 48 hours after reporting right when we discovered them some we have not found in the beginning, e.g. this restricted profile on myspace.

Friday, May 2, 2014


M-JoH (1967) lebt und arbeitet in Zürich. Inspiriert durch seine vielen Reisen in China und Taiwan, gewann die Muster-Definition und Erkennung auf verschiedensten Ebenen eine zentrale Rolle in seinem künstlerischen Schaffen. Die ungleichen Partnerinnen Offenheit und Dichte, Leidenschaft und Geduld bilden die Philosopie hinter den aufwändig kreierten und handgemalten Acryl-Bildern im Paisley Stil. Jedes dieser Unikate erzeugen ähnlich dem Mandala-Prinzip ein Im-Augenblick-Ver-weilen und Raum-Schaffen, sammelt sich doch jede Form um einen Punkt und strahlt von dort hinaus.

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Myths about Copyright Infringement

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Internet Copyright Infringement
Source: Copyright Infringement: Myths vs Facts from

Friday, March 21, 2014


May 9th 2015, IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Circle Sharing Feature Is Deprecated  :-)

There are quite some "Lucky Lucianos" active on google+. Some you will recognize quite fast - others have nice "clean" profiles because the dirty jobs are done on separate pages. What all have in common: They worsen our google+ experience. Even if you don't see the "Blue Boxes" right away you will have to deal with them. This post will show you how the circlejerks work and what alternatives you have. Especially newbies get under their influence and can have a quite hard time to get rid of them. Their circles are filled with fake profiles, useless pages and of course a lot more circlejerks.

About 1 year ago Bill Gasset wrote an excellent article. I read it then, but did unfortunately not act accordingly. Here is the link: BillGassett - The Google Plus Circle Jerk

When I joined g+ about 2 years ago I was first inactive for about 1 year and then got trapped by 3 circlejerks. One of them has stopped some months ago after we exchanged messages about whether it makes sense or not to share circles. I continued to share 2 photography circles monthly for some time but finally stopped also.

As a newbie you might feel great when your follower numbers go up fast but you don't have more good interaction. Many circlejerks use circlesharing to promote their products, services or trainings. Often MLM and Pyramid Schemes are used to get e.g. a Cannabis or Consulting Business running. These "Snowball Business Models" are forbidden in many countries. Even if you don't know about these practices you support them everytime you reshare such a circle.

So what should I do?

You can support the circlejerks by cooperating, like many politicians and businessmen do it with the real Mafia. A lot of users do it out of boredom or not knowing about the disadvantages. They do the steps: "plus/comment", "reshare" and maybe "add". The first 2 are usually required to get into a circlejerk-circle. Question is: how many add the circle? When I checked circlecount lately I got the impression that less people seem to reshare and add than 1 year ago. This could be a sign that circlesharing becomes less attractive, especially since lately also the views are displayed by g+.

Everytime a circle gets reshared the chances for the jerks to get added by people goes up. Since the value to get added like this is very low it's pretty clear that you will get uncircled after some time. The "CircleMeCircleYou" way of thinking does not pay off. You will have to do a lot of cleaning up. So better say: "NO! NO! NO!"

Thanks to the newly implemented Viewcounts the circlejerks might have it more difficult. Here is an excellent article from Mark Trapahagen about it:

A well written posts from John Skeats I highly recommend reading:

Avoid shared circles - Why? Read Stacy Firths post:

Below you can find my personal list of G+ Circlejerks and their cooperators. It gets regularly updated:
List of Circlejerks