I received an email from one cartoonist who found his work on the social photo and video hosting site Photo Bucket without his permission. It appears a user “lynn5150” has been uploading several cartoons (editorial, syndicated comics, gag cartoons, etc.) from a variety of sources. There is over 50 pages of cartoons and images that “lynn5150” has posted. Once the cartoon is on Photo Bucket, other users can embed the cartoon on their blog, web site or other social media sites.
My source, contacted Photo Bucket and asked them to remove his work – which they did. Based on the number of cartoons that have been uploaded, I suspect Photo Bucket ought to close down “lynn5150” and remove any media s/he uploaded. If you’re uncomfortable with your work being hosted on the site, please contact Photo Bucket. If there is a deluge of complaints, maybe Photo Bucket will take this more seriously than just removing certain cartoons.