I know many people who suffer from image theft. If you're not sure if some of your photos are stolen just check out Google Images.
Here are a few thoughts on this topic:
- When I find my photos on commercial websites I directly forward all available information to my lawyer, no question. Companys and businessmen should know how copyright works.
- When I find my photos on private sites it depends how I react. As long as my name and/or website is visible next to the image I see it as advertising for my work and will not be unhappy about that.
- When I find my photos on Facebook/Google+/Pinterest/etc. I can live with that as long as my watermark, which includes my name and my website, is clearly visible.WHAT REALLY DRIVES ME NUTS
If I find my photos WITHOUT
my name and WITHOUT
my website and WITHOUT
my watermark. People who intentionally remove/retouch/crop/overlay my watermark should GO TO HELL! Why the fuck are people doing this? Are they feeling like a star or an artist instead of showing respect to the real artist? These blemished parts of my original work are spreading through the internet which makes me crazy when I think about how many people could see my name and my website ...
What's your experience with image theft and how do you handle it?
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