Third Party Pictures used for Nomination
Title of the Nomination : Clock Tower Viewpoint
Location: 9.588809, 76.423501
Screenshot of the Rejection Email: N/A
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Additional information: This is a wayspot nomination I just came across. Upon first glimpse, I noticed something wrong with the pictures uploaded and after searching the Google map tag, found the original pictures. The main picture was uploaded to Google Maps 6 years ago and the supporting picture was uploaded 3 years ago.
Links to the original pictures are (1) and (2)
The first picture has a man standing on the gazebo behind the clock tower and the second picture has a woman on the bottom left part of the picture.
So, it is clear that the wayfinder stole these pictures to nominate. Since Google Maps shows that "Images are subject to Copyright", this is clearly a case if Copyright Infringement.
There have been many nominations from nearby places which uses third party pictures and reporting them as "Third Party Picture" upon reviewing doesn't make any change. So, I request Niantic to retire this nomination and do investigation on the Agent/Trainer who submitted it and if possible, Take actions against them.
I've noticed that the link to the pictures aren't working as intended. So, attaching the Google Map Tag of Backwater Ripples
Any updates on this?
Thank you for flagging and good eye! We'll be taking a look!
We have reviewed the report and have made necessary changes to the Wayspot and have taken action on the Wayfinder in accordance with our policies. While we are unable to discuss our actions in detail to protect the submitter’s privacy, they may include, but are not limited to, sending a warning message, placing restrictions on their Wayfarer, Pokémon GO, or Ingress account, putting their account on probation, or placing a temporary or permanent suspension on their Wayfarer, Pokémon GO or Ingress account.
If you have additional evidence regarding other Wayspots (geotagged images, photospheres) to share, please submit a new appeal with additional information and we’ll take another look.