Perfect Weddings in London, England, UK

Website:  http://www.perfectweddingsltd.co.uk/
Groupon: https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/dealbank_en_gb/perfect-weddings/44401682

Another photographer that got caught because of a Groupon Ad with stolen images.

October is my busiest month of the year so please bear with me if I don’t have enough time to get to all submissions!

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  • Celine (peaceetc)

    To PERFECT WEDDINGS IN LONDON, ENGLAND, UK,

    Welcome to the world of being outed by Photo Stealers (Stop Stealing Photos). It is our goal to root out and put a stop to photography copyright infringement. Your outing is one step towards that goal. You used photos you were not authorized to use, which is illegal. You’re probably confused and angry, so let us try to help you get a handle on things by giving you a checklist of things you should be doing and not doing.

    Please do NOT do the following:

    1. React with anger, go into denial, or start in with the threats. We already have the evidence against you. The best thing you can do for you is to be honest and to deal with this head on.

    2. Flag comments on this listing. The mods will just put them back, so don’t waste your time.

    3. Lie or offer excuses. We have heard every excuse in the book (really, we have. One guy even blamed Obama.), and you will not come up with something we haven’t heard before. You are not a special snowflake. Nothing you can say will justify what you did, so don’t bother.

    4. Accuse us of slander (because nobody ever figures out it has to be verbal to be slander). We stick to the facts, and if something is publicly available, it’s fair game.

    5. Create fake accounts to defend yourself. We will see through it, and it’s just a waste of time.

    Please DO the following:

    1. Remove any and all stolen images immediately. That means now. Right now. And no, simply hiding them from public view doesn’t count. They need to be completely deleted.

    2. Apologize DIRECTLY to those from whom you have stolen (and tell the truth!), and offer monetary compensation. You used their images in a professional setting to try to make money, so you owe them that much.

    3. Hope they don’t sue you. Copyright infringement is illegal under the law, and you can be sued for thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, for EACH stolen image. Yes, seriously.

    4. Apologize publicly, on all the sites and social media accounts where the stolen work appeared. Again, you owe it to your clients, fans, friends, etc., to be honest.

    5. Learn about how copyright works. Look up the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. What you may think you know and what is actually the truth are probably two different things (as in: no, posting someone else’s photo as “inspiration” is not a valid reason, nor is it good enough to provide credit. If you don’t have express permission to post someone else’s image, then you don’t post it. That’s it, the end).

    6. DON’T STEAL. It’s not complicated — if you didn’t take a photo and don’t have permission to use it from the actual copyright holder, then don’t use it. It’s that simple. Yes, seriously. You claim to be a photographer, so why on earth would you want to use others’ images, anyway? How does that make sense?

    And remember:

    1. If you do it again, you will be caught. We go back and check old listings to make sure they haven’t started stealing again. And don’t forget — Google knows. Anytime someone searched for your business, this listing will come up.

    2. Think about the actual victims here (no, not you) — those whose images you stole. You screwed them over. And frankly, that’s a pretty damned crappy thing to do. And think about the clients you’ve mislead by presenting a false front. They’re victims, too.

    • Wall-E

      Celine: The DMCA is a United States law, and has no jurisdiction in GB.

      • Celine (peaceetc)

        Right. The thing above is a generic thing we post on all the stealers, and I didn’t think to mention the US-centric nature of the DMCA. Thanks, Wall-E. I’ll update it for the next round.

      • U Really That Dumb?

        Actually it does. Besides the international treaties in place, most hosting companies have ties to the United States so the DMCA is an appropriate legal path.
        Ex: Facebook = US. GoDaddy = US, Amazon (98% of all web companies in the world have some data on their servers) = US.

      • Me, Myself and I

        The post your replied to is a generic post we use as a first post for all stealers. It covers 90% of stealers. 🙂

        Also, because the fraud is in GB, it doesn’t mean his services are all there.

        Facebook | US
        Wix | Isreal
        Google+ | US
        Ello | US
        PhotoShelter | US
        Flickr | US
        Twitter | US
        Groupon | US

        Our current thief for example is hosted on WIX (Isreal), registered his domain with GoDaddy (US), has deals on Groupon (US) and uses Facebook (US).

        http://www.whois.com/whois/perfectweddingsltd.co.uk

        • BigAl

          Something else to consider in the differences between the US and UK, is in the Libel laws. It may be possible here in the UK (Possibly just England sometimes it differs within the UK) to actually prove a case of libel, even when all of the statements are actually true. This may be the case when the only object of the published statements is to simply defame the character of the plaintiff. I don’t think that would apply here though.

          • Only in corrupt countries could that happen. Libel is the false statements that are meant to harm someone or a businesses reputation. If the statrments are true then it does not matter if its the US or UK.
            Now if you go into their version of Slander Law that why it becomes slippery.

          • Me, Myself and I

            Eh … in the province of Quebec in Canada …

            “Justification” refers to truth of the statement. In Canadian common law provinces, truth is a complete defence to defamation. This is not the case in some Australian states, South Africa, and some US states.

            This is also not the case in Québec where the Supreme Court confirmed in 2004 that it was possible to tell the truth and still be liable for defamation (Gilles E. Néron Communication Marketing Inc. v. Chambre des notaires du Québec, [2004] 3 S.C.R. 95.) In Quebec, the truth or falsity of a statement is not conclusive because what is essential is the existence or absence of a fault. A fault in Québec civil law is loosely defined as behavior that strays from how a person should normally behave towards others. Even if the statement is true, the way in which the statement is made can still constitute a fault. In Néron, the court found that the CBC had committed a fault because a report gave incomplete information and resembled more a “settling of accounts” than an unbiased account.

            Source: https://cippic.ca/en/defamation-and-slapps

          • My head hurts now

          • Me, Myself and I

            Quebec has it’s roots in French Civil law (due to it’s French origins) while the rest of Canada is grounded in English Common law.

            When the British conquered Quebec, certain conditions were demanded by the people of Quebec in exchange for a surrender. We got to keep our language and our system of law, among other things.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      Whoever the idiot was that flagged this comment apparently didn’t read it first, or has issues with comprehension. READ BULLET POINT 2!
      SMH!

  • Helena

    Domain name:
    perfectweddingsltd.co.uk

    Registrant:
    Rakeem Hughes

    Registrant type:
    UK Individual

    Registrant’s address:
    [redacted]
    London
    SE19 [redacted]
    United Kingdom

    Data validation:
    Registrant contact details validated by Nominet on 28-Oct-2013

    Registrar:
    Register.com Inc t/a Network Solutions [Tag = NSI-US]
    URL: http://www.networksolutions.com

    Relevant dates:
    Registered on: 29-Jul-2014
    Expiry date: 29-Jul-2016
    Last updated: 29-Jul-2014

  • Helena

    Newsflash: putting Ltd after the name does not make the company limited. No record of Perfect Weddings Ltd or Picture Perfect Media with Companies House and “parent company” RVM Ltd was dissolved in 2004. Guessing it has nothing to do with Rakeem Hughes.

  • Helena

    Also Rakeem, why did you only upload stolen images for only 3 of your 4 bogus reviews?

  • captain-confuzzled
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    • Base camera and lens

      • Helena

        Yep. 600D/T3i and 18-55 kit lens.

  • Me, Myself and I

    AAAARGH! He’s sold 5 of his groupons!!!
    That’s going to be 5 seriously disapointed brides.

    The pictures he used on his Groupon are simply amazing … he won;t be able to produce anything anywhere near that quality!

    • Nope not a thing … Time to put on the pressure.

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      I’d say if he screws up those weddings, the wronged couples will be able to use the evidence found here to prove a case of fraud.

  • Savannah

    I clicked on the website. Has anyone else had the “live chat” pop up on their site?

    • Me, Myself and I

      nope

    • captain-confuzzled

      yep

      • Savannah

        Is it for real, or automated? It kept popping up asking if I wanted to book.

        • Lindsay11

          I’ve seen it on other sites, I think it’s just an automated thing.

  • Me, Myself and I

    How in the hell is the Groupon still live?!?
    I personally contacted a few of the photographers!!!

    Of course, Groupon is going to hide behind safe harbour laws if/when unhappy couples come knocking!!!

    • Marc W.

      “No longer available”

      • Me, Myself and I

        THANK GOD! I hope the victims were refunded!

        EDIT: WTH. The deal is no longer available but the ad is there and so are the images!

  • Me, Myself and I

    We aren’t doing this for him but for his victims and for the industry.

  • Too much bad press.

  • Rakeem Hughes of Perfect Weddings in London STILL has stolen images on his website.. including images in the “Packages” “Baby & Maternity” “Packages”.. you know, pretty much everywhere.
    What a loser.

    • GlennMcQuaig

      Well, then I hope the original photographers are at least going after him. If he can’t be shamed into removing them, how about the almighty Pound doing the talking?

      Copyright litigation would put him in check real quick.

      • Well we just need to up the pressure …on his other public sites

  • Yeah, I’m actually sad he’s not commenting here.. it’d be hilariously bad. I can imagine a lot of “cuz u haterz be hatin on me cuz I’ve got swag and you loozers don’t” kind of comments. Good thing he’s smart enough to know he’s too dumb to even try dealing with us. What a pathetic loser.

  • Me, Myself and I

    Looks like he’s started cleaning up … many of the amazing images he was using have been replaced with sub par junk.

    Still plenty of stolen stuff on there but he seems to slowly be replacing it with his crap.

    I mean … this is the main image in his photography section? Side note Rakeem Hughes of Perfect Weddings in London … learn about a little thing called fill flash or reflectors. Your clients eyes should not be inky black pools.

    It’s a far cry from what he had there before (see above).

    Rakeem Hughes of Perfect Weddings in London, good start but you still have tons of stolen images. The next question is have you re-imbursed the groupon clients you’ve sold packages to under false pretense?

    • Helena

      These are all stolen. I’m not sure he’s cleaned up at all.

  • Michelle Pattison

    I would like to point out that ‘Perfect Weddings’ has never now or at any point in the past had anything to do with Picture Perfect Weddings Ltd, which is my company & based near Manchester