Long story short, a UK based news agency was passed copies of my family photgraphs by us as part of background to a story.
A contract was never entered into to work with said agency, they published a story without consent and we chose to get out rather than get involved.
They were never given permission to syndicate the story or photographs.
It now transpires that my photos are being sold on an international news syndication website with the copyright credited with the UK agency.
The issues so far as I can see are as follows:
1. The copyright is not theirs, it is mine. They are claiming false copyright.
2. The photos [and presumably syndicated news story] are for sale internationally, the company is based in Europe and hence not the sort of place I can drop into. This surely takes it outside the realms of a civil case where someone uses my photo without crediting me.
3. The managing director of the company has refused to speak to me.
4. They have done this before but because the photos were of unidentifiable objects no action was successful.
On the basis that it appears to be intentional misrepresentation of copyright ownership in a purely commercial context, does that make this a criminal issue?
I really hope it does because this agency is vile and I hope to take their trousers down and bend them over from this....
I sincerely appreciate your views on this, it's making my wife ill and me apoplectic!