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    In case you aren't aware of what is going on, Google has this service called Orkut, which is a lame version of My Space. In addition to being lame, it has become home to image thieves. These images are of kids, most from photos found here on Flickr. These weirdos take the image, claim it as their own (even putting a different name on it) and use them in their photo collections or as their avatars.

    I found a few of Savanah's pictures there. I'm irritated at both whoever took these images in the first place and I'm pissed at Google for being completely unresponsive to this issue. At least with the images of Savanah that were used, nothing "hokey" was done with the images. Before I even began to post pictures of her, I knew that this possibility existed. In this great big world of ours, there are some sickos. I don't post any pictures of her that I feel could be used in an offending way. I don't really understand the thought process behind these image thefts and use. Most of the links are in another language. Maybe they find it fun, maybe they are just that friggin ugly. Who knows?

    Regardless of why, it is just wrong. Google, however, has been less than cooperative about the entire issue and refuses to act.

    You can find out more by going here and to see a worst case scenario check out this one.

    You can find a petition against this abuse here and sarah smile ... "art & soul" has taken up the cause. You can also help out by following the links found here.

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    1. ♥CatMarie 80 months ago | reply

      This is great! You make the best pictures!
      F U Orkut and Google!

    2. Cayusa 80 months ago | reply

      Thanks and amen!

    3. magnoliaz9 [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      I can't believe how some people are so sick.......Orkut has to be shutdown or police their site

    4. Cayusa 80 months ago | reply

      I am fully aware of the possibility of image theft online and I'm not surprised by it at all. It is bound to happen. What I am so utterly shocked by is how Google and Orkut are dealing with the problem. Luckily, not much has been done to Savanah's pictures other than the theft and the addition of somebody else's name put on it. A little sick and disturbing, but it doesn't really affect my daughter too much. I'm ready to rip somebody's head off, but she isn't affected at all. You would think that Google and Orkut would take this seriously. The way they have handled it has only made the situation worse.

      I'm actually kinda hoping that they come back at me about the use of their "logo." I'd love to have a conversation with them about that! LOL

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      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    5. paolacapponi 80 months ago | reply

      It is great that everybody supports, that is HUGE.
      I think that this is MORE than copyrights. There is a huge paedophilia community at Orkut. I've been going through on-line news (out of flickr and orkut) and there were thousands people sending messages to Human and Children rights organisations about this problematic at orkut even before it got so public at flickr. It is not only Flickr memebers that have been affected. Also, the Brazilian government wanted to shut Google Brazil down. This is bigger than just a copyright not respected, this is about the defenceless children that end up in this situation. These people are ill, they have a problem with the paedophilia, they do not care the artistic value of the photography. This may be shocking for those that have been victims, but it is a crude reality that we have to face. By knowing this, we shouldn't bother to obtain any answer from them (they do not see it wrong what they do). We should take these cases to the highest Brazilian authority (government) and they will be more than interested in SHUT ORKUT, GOOGLE AND ANYONE WHO DOESN'T COOPERATE WITH THE END OF THE PAEDOPHILIA.

    6. ~*Pretty Baby*~ [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      Im supporting you. Orkut SUCKS!!
      They stole pics of my daughter too and i feel just like your daughter, EXCELLENT work!! LOL
      You made my day, thank you!!

    7. evilmightyacorn 80 months ago | reply

      how are you finding the photos... I can't find any photos to see if my kids have been put on there. I'm gathering it's mostly girls images that are taken, but I want to see if they've taken images of my boys at all...

    8. Cayusa 80 months ago | reply

      Follow the links to Sarah's stream. Then follow one of the links to a profile that she gives you and create an orkut account and then you just have to keep scrolling through all the friends listed from one of those accounts.

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