Recently, I posted about image theft and how rampant it is and a few ways we can protect our images. Outdoor Photographer contributing editor George Lepp recently shared in this post, about his experiences with the same issues:
“Recently, our daughter “liked” an anonymous image from EarthPorn on Facebook. It was mine, and she didn’t even know it! That hurt, especially because I don’t know who posted my image there. Being old school (as distinguished from merely being “old”), I view every unauthorized use of my images as theft, and these days, the problem has me on fire all the time.”
Every time an image is stolen from a working professional photographer, it costs them one way or another. In all to many cases, the person(s) using the image without permission may have no intention of profiting financially from the image and when confronted often claim ignorance or legitimate Creative Commons protection. But as George writes, the issue of image theft goes beyond payment or lack thereof:
“……photographs have artistic and economic value that is, rightly or wrongly, influenced by the reputation of the photographer and the body of work the photographer has produced.”
Working photographers are known for their body of work and when that body of work is widely seen and the photographer recognized, it leads to other forms of income producing opportunity. Print sales, assignments, stock sales, opportunities to lecture, teach, publish a book, and more have brought many photographers additional revenue streams AFTER their images have been seen by the appropriate people.
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