Post # 1
Lately there have been a few cases that have been brought to light concerning image thieves trying to pass work off as their own. If you’re hiring a photographer you should be able to be confident that the work they are presenting as their own is in fact photos that they have taken. Not surprisngly these image thieves tend to pop up on Craigslist. There is a site now dedicated to documenting the thievery, so I thought I’d post this resource here.
Stop Stealing Photos
Post # 3
@continuumphotography: Thanks for posting this! We’re looking for a photographer right now so this is really timely. 🙂
Post # 4
We just had this happen to us too. I wish wannabes would stop being lazy and put in the work to become good at the craft instead of using others work to promote themselves. ALSO, there are even worse, people who take payments and then never show up, just run off with the money promoting themselves with others photogs work.
This is why it is important for photographers to watermark their images. One less thing to help stop shady people from ripping off brides and families.
It’s important to research who you are hiring. Look for consistency in their work.
Post # 5
@PizzutiStudios: as much as we hate watermarks it’s a small level of protection, although in some of these cases the watermarks were taken off and the thieves put their mark on them
Post # 6
Now how do you know that the pictures on the one website weren’t taken from another website then passed on to another website who said they belonged to them but they were really taken from a camera dropped in Yosemite during a windstorm.
I bet that blew your mind!
Post # 7
@TheMan40: digital photos contain metadata embedded in them, including copyrights for the original creater. There are also reverse lookups that you can do to find images you have titled a certain way on other sites. The thefts posted about on the website I linked to are 100% verfied before they go live.
So no, that did not blow my mind.
Post # 8
@theman40 all you have to do is open google images and push the little camera button. Add the URL or upload the image from your hard drive and it will find all other instances of that image.
Plus in the cases of most of these, they are taken from lots of different photographers not just one shoot. Even if you found a card on a camera it doesn’t give you the right to claim the images are your own. Unless you pressed the shutter they are not your images.
Post # 9
I’m glad that the troll TheMan40 is gone. He was really angering everyone yesterday. Most people noticed and ignored him which was great because he didn’t get egged on!
OP – Thanks for this photo PSA!
Post # 10
Its too bad we have to deal with this stealing. Thank goodness for Tineye and the like or the site to see if your website content is stolen! I think more content gets stolen over images lately!
Easiest way to avoid this is ask to see a full gallery from a recent wedding. 🙂 A theif will never be able to show this! 🙂
Post # 11
Wow, that’s fascinating. Thanks for sharing!