is a Canadian "local search" site launched last year by Transcontinental Media. They appear to be swiping photos from Flickr without permission. On each of their city portal pages, such as Montreal
, and Vancouver
, there is a row of small photos at the top (randomized when the page is reloaded). Clicking on each photo links to the photo's page on Flickr, and every photo I have clicked on says very clearly "© All rights reserved."
I e-mailed Weblocal several months ago to ask whether they have asked for permission to use these photos, but never received a reply. I suspect they have not asked permission, as there are hundreds of photos and they do not appear to be "curated" in any way.
I am not a Flickr user, but I am a photographer who publishes work on the web and am concerned about this apparently irresponsible and possibly illegal use of social media by a large corporation.
Is this illegal? If so, is there anything I can do about it?