Gerald Jameson YourLocalTechGuy

Gerald Jameson Your Local Tech Guy caught conducting copyright infringementA recent tip (thanks McQ!) by someone who recognized my office on a website that has nothing to do with me had led to yet another entry in the Office Thieves Hall of Shame. Today it’s Gerald Jameson, also known as Your Local Tech Guy (at yourlocaltechguy.com).

The website that the image of my home office was discovered on contained a little bit of information about its owner and his business, such as:

My name is Ger­ald Jame­son and I would like to be your local tech guy. I have over 20 years expe­ri­ence set­ting up, maintain­ing and repair­ing com­puters and var­i­ous sys­tems.

I guess those 20 years of experience did not include the the experience or knowledge that simply taking pictures from the web, no matter how much you might like them, and using them on your own website and/or for commercial and business purposes. I don’t know much about computer repair but I bet that repairing computers must be easier than repairing reputations.

Not only can I help with hard­ware, I can help with soft­ware set-up, choos­ing the right soft­ware or train­ing. This also includes Inter­net marketing,web design, graphic design, and pub­li­ca­tion design.

So if you have prob­lems with your com­puter, need a web site designed or just need advice on the lat­est tech I can help you.

This, of course, is the part why Gerald is present in the Office Thieves Gallery of Shame. Someone offering web design services, commercially in Shelby County and Tipton County, and yet did what he did? I would not want to work with such a web designer who might end up using copyrighted material without permission. In fact, I advise everyone to avoid such “web designers” like the plague. Especially since it could get you exposed like Shami Haq and Andre Leite Alves of Aware Bear Computers.

You could say if it is hard­ware, soft­ware or tech related, I have been involved with it.

And now getting caught at copyright infringement can be added to the list of things Gerald Jameson has been involved with. :-)

It does speak for Gerald, though, that he replaced the unauthorized picture of my home office with something that could very well be some home office stock photo within mere hours of me notifying him of the infringement and offering the option to remove it or properly accrediting and linking it to its original source website. I suspect doing the latter was too complicated for Gerald as he just replaced the image and then decided to hide in a corner, not even trying to pass off a lame explanation along the lines of “I didn’t know you can’t just take pictures off the internet” or “the web designer did it” (which would’ve been funny considering Gerald’s YourLocalTechGuy business offers web design services. :-)

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