Recently 6 photos that I had taken and placed on my website appeared in a local magazine without my permission.
I wrote to the editor and was impressed by his promptness as he called me the very next day to inform me that the article was actually contributed by another organization. He forwarded my email to them.
About 4 days later a representative from that organization called me to explain
1. the article was written a very long time ago and only submitted for publication recently.
2. they had asked around in forums for photo contributions and the photos were submitted by 'a photographer'
I'm not quite sure of their reason for bringing up point 1, but point 2 got my attention.
Now, I realize in this age of huge storage space and high-speed transfers, there's not much we can do to prevent this short of not even putting up our photos, but I'm wondering, is there any quality control practice that publishers can adopt to reduce instances of them unknowingly publishing photos that don't actually belong to the contributors?
I understand this sort of thing has happened to many people previously.. how did you handle it?