What is the most irritating thing happen in photography life? Broken gear, bad comment, didn’t get the shot that you want. All true, but for me the most irritating thing happen in photography probably when one of my photograph taken by someone else. Where else but the internet and why you should beware of photo thief.
Stealing Photography Online
Before we begin, you probably wonder what’s it mean by stolen photography. A stolen photograph mean a photography that was taken without the consent of the photographer.
Since internet really vulnerable, photography has a high risk to be stolen. Even if you doing your best to protecting it, there still the probability it will be stolen. One of the reason is because how easy it is with the power of copy and paste. Another is because they want your photo. As long your photo is quite decent enough, there’s a probability it will be stolen. Being a good photo just a plus factor.
Who do it?
A lot of people do this. It can be your friend, which you probably don’t mind. But it worsen if it’s random people, stranger. Taking it, claim it as their own. Even worst if it’s big name who did, like company brand and celebrity. They can gain profit from it and you get nothing.
If those big name do it, it’s not because they don’t know its wrong, but because they don’t care and thing you (as the photographer) don’t know either.
Who’s the Most Vulnerable?
The most easiest target probably amateur photographer. Because many don’t know anything about this thing and copyright issue. It can also be photographer who uploaded their photos on social media. Because it can be copy.
What’s Stolen Photography For?
It can be for everything. For someone it can be for gaining exposure. Like some dude claiming he took this amazing photograph, when he actually isn’t. For company your photograph can be use on their social media for the same reason. Or worst, it can be printed and hanged on a billboard as an ad.
This is the problem when a photo stolen by big name. They gain profit from it. If they took it from amateur photographer, they probably thinking that the photographer should be grateful that his/her photo being used and credited for, that if they are credited. But that not the problem hear. Even if you got your photography exposure, you’ll never get a dime from it.
This thing happen to me a lot at first, when I didn’t know anything about copyright stuff. Someone use it as a power point presentation content. There’s also my photo being use as someone social media content. There’s also someone use my photo as a promotion ad for their electronic service website. And much more, about 10 more. The only reason I know about these thing is because I just happen to google my photo.
And so I said again, Beware of Photo Thief!!!