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    Senior Member ChowChi-Ching's Avatar
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    Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Here is one of the places I thought I wouldn't have to worry about them 'as much' but lo and behold, I found one of my images, that was posted for critique, stolen and posted on another site. Sadly it was a picture of twins I had photographed that someone was claiming was their boys.....

    So, just a note, even if it is not your final version, throw a logo on it. If nothing else, it may slow them down a little....
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but I would be flattered if someone liked an image enough to steal it.

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Only done by those who have no self esteem.
    How did you find it, Chow?
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    To elaborate. My photography has a value of exactly zero. If yours is higher, then you should worry about it being stolen. I don't. Unless you are making money off of it, what difference does it really make if some loser says it is theirs?

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I agree with daq, however, when there are people in the photograph it is just a wee bit creepy.

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    ^ Same, if he stole a landscape picture, whatever. But to steal a picture of your children? Thats just weird.

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I did a search under my name and went to 'images' found one of my pics that I had only posted on here but found it on a different forum. Why does it matter? Because it is wrong and I do make a living from my pictures and do not appreciate them being stolen. This is an image of two twin boys that they are saying are theirs.... People paid for these pictures to be taken of THEIR boys, not the same people who are posting.

    Regardless of how annoyed I am about it, it is most definitely a lesson that ANY image I post online will have a watermark or logo.....
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Quote Originally Posted by ChowChi-Ching
    I did a search under my name and went to 'images' found one of my pics that I had only posted on here but found it on a different forum. Why does it matter? Because it is wrong and I do make a living from my pictures and do not appreciate them being stolen. This is an image of two twin boys that they are saying are theirs.... People paid for these pictures to be taken of THEIR boys, not the same people who are posting.

    Regardless of how annoyed I am about it, it is most definitely a lesson that ANY image I post online will have a watermark or logo.....
    Google search? Where in the image was your name? Filename? EXIF? - Thanks, TF
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Yeah, I agree, if you are actively selling them, then it becomes an issue. And the kid thing is pretty strange.

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Quote Originally Posted by OldClicker
    Google search? Where in the image was your name? Filename? EXIF? - Thanks, TF
    Strange and not cool at all. I too am interested to know how google came up with that post. Your name must have been in there somewhere eh?
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I do not make a living off my photography but to me even if you did not intend to make money off of the image you have still invested time equipment and effort into the photo and it should not be stolen or used for any purpose without your permission. We have rules that cover using or posting someone Else's pictures for a reason, it is not their property! I just do not see why it is not OK if you make a living at it but it is OK if you do not. In either case it took the same identical amount of investment in equipment,time,talent and effort to get the image whether it is for sale or not, Jeff
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    That would tick me off to, all that time and effort that went into a shoot, just for some stranger to steel it and claim it as if it was there own. Is it posible to contact the person that did this?
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I would call them out for what they are. Basically it is cheating.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I agree with Grandpaw, LightBright and Greg McCary. Whether you are making a living at it or not, if you took the photo it's yours, particularly if no one paid you to take it and even if they did, that does not give anyone the right to take and call it theirs. I am with Greg, I would call them out on it. If they are on a moderated site, then I would be in touch with the moderator to let him/her know what has happened. They may, or may not, choose to do anything, but at least you have tried. If anyone did that to me, boy I would be fried and I have just enough technology knowledge to do something about it. Not sure if this aggressive stance on my part encourages you or not, but if they got away with it once, then they will do it again, maybe not to you, but...

    The best indicator of future behaviour is past behaviour and you can believe that if they got away with it (obviously at least once that you know of), then they will try it again until someone calls them on it. My 0.02.

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Stealing is stealing is stealing. There's no flattery in that for me. Stealing photos of children is majorly creepy!

    I've found my photos on scout.com. There's no compliment and it really makes me mad!

    So sorry this happened to you. I'd contact the site admin and the poster.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    If it is an forum or something others can join, post the addy and we'll all go and call them out.
    Happened in one of our old msn groups and we all found the person in other groups and let everyone know what he/she had done.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    It is kind of a forum - I reported it, sent a pm to the person who posted it, and also did my own post on there but no one has responded....... Nothing will probably happen but it still makes me mad......

    http://www.parentsconnect.com/connec...63525&offset=0

    First post, page 2....... It is stretched out a little too....man, if you are going to steal my pic, at least do it right!!!
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I took a look at the thread. There are several images posted that are clearly lifted from stock agencies. One still has a veer stamp on it and one a Corbis watermark. Some of the images are obviously shot by professionals. Reading the title and gong over the posts, it appears to be some sort of a game. Looks like the images used are purely illustrating make-believe scenarios.

    To me, there's nothing creepy about any of this, and all it took was three minutes to actually look over the thread and try to understand what's going on.

    In this case, if I found myself on the receiving end of this, I would be flattered too.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastian
    I took a look at the thread. There are several images posted that are clearly lifted from stock agencies. One still has a veer stamp on it and one a Corbis watermark. Some of the images are obviously shot by professionals. Reading the title and gong over the posts, it appears to be some sort of a game. Looks like the images used are purely illustrating make-believe scenarios.

    To me, there's nothing creepy about any of this, and all it took was three minutes to actually look over the thread and try to understand what's going on.

    In this case, if I found myself on the receiving end of this, I would be flattered too.
    I find your statement kind of strange with the statement "(Please don't edit and repost my images without my permission. Thank you)" on the bottom of each of your posts, Jeff
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpaw
    I find your statement kind of strange with the statement "(Please don't edit and repost my images without my permission. Thank you)" on the bottom of each of your posts, Jeff
    All I can do is ask. If someone finds an image of mine good enough to use in such a manner, even if it's without permission, there's still a part of me that's flattered.

    Plus, the request in my signature is within the context of this forum. It stemmed from people downloading and editing my images and then reposting them. Years ago it was happening a lot, so I simply asked that is cease.

    Ultimately though, it comes down to understanding the risks. If you don't want your images stolen, don't put them on the Internet. I guess i'm just resigned to the fact that if I post something, and someone likes it, that it'll be put to many uses that i'm not aware of. Such is life. We can get pissed about it or we can recognize it as the inevitability that it is and focus on continuing being creative. I choose the latter.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    I'd be pissed... That is my biggest fear that someone would steal one of my pics and claim it as their own. That's why I always have second thoughts about posting pics. At least give the credit where it is due.

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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Well, I think the forum is a bit weird and . . .well I just don't get it, but then again people with other interests than my own probably come to the same conclusions about me:cryin:
    I have discovered some of my stuff used on other sites, some linking back to my blog or website and some not, but I honestly have felt uneasy but ultimately flattered. I agree that there is an inherent risk we must face when we post our stuff on the web. If I caught someone actually selling prints or profiting off one of my works, then there would be action taken. I think you have just cause to ask it to be removed.
    I'm still curious as to how google located your image in the search. If by metatag, there must have been hundreds at the least in the search.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    Interesting, I looked at the thread with the photo, and right after it is a photo with a "Corbis" watermark. It looks like it is one of those silly meme's, much like the one going to Flickr and picking the 3rd photo down for your imaginary rock band's album cover. I don't do those precisely because I'd be stealing someone's image, even if it's "just for fun." I think you're (Chow) right to ask that it be taken down.
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    Re: Found one of my images - stolen from this site :(

    damn that sucks!

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