A little over a year ago I wrote about how I discovered that some photos I had taken and published in my reviews had been stolen and republished without permission by Tripadvisor. After spending considerable time and effort finding the deliberately obscured means to contact them to complain, complain I did and I insisted that the images be removed. I received no response but the images were removed.
I sent Tripadvisor a second complaint and removal demand in May 2013 after I discovered more of my photos being used without permission on their site. Some of those photos still have not been removed. It is my hypothesis that Tripadvisor only removes an image it has stolen if it has another to replace it. In one example, this stolen image of lunch at the Benalla Art Gallery cafe remains on their site as of today.
A screenshot of the Benalla Gallery Cafe page on Tripadvisor on 1 April 2014
In another disgusting example, Tripadvisor removed one photo they had previously stolen from me and replaced it with another one they had just stolen from me. They first stole the photo from my second Siyia review, and after I complained in May 2013 they replaced it with a photo stolen from my third Siyia review.
A screenshot of the Siyia page on Tripadvisor at 1 April 2014
Tripadvisor is typical of the lowest of the low of parasitical internet entrepreneurship in that it steals and exploits amateur content, created by one consumer and freely given to others, to make profit for its amoral founders. It encourages mass spamming and fake content by allowing small business owners to endlessly defame their competitors, but accepts no accountability for initiating this, whilst simultaneously lying to consumers about how authentic its content is. Tripadvisor should never be trusted and does not deserve to exist.