So so many photographers, artists, get their images stolen by other artists, company's and corporations. It is seriously becoming an epidemic. Just yesterday I saw a post from Canadian Artist Lillian Lui who had her images copied by an artist without her permission, and used for a gallery showing, which was them covered by Harper's Bizarre. You can see from this image that her post was shared over 433 times. The power of social media is very instant these days. So why would anyone do it?
So, if we put our work on the internet, we have to expect our work to be taken, our credit stripped and just deal with it right? Maybe, sometimes. But not always.
Once, I had an image of mine used without my permission by Creative Live, which resulted in an uproar by our peers, and photo stealers even got involved. They had no idea it wasn't an image by Sue Bryce since it was found in her inspiration folder, and for compensation they offered me a free course. Great hu? Not wanting to burn bridges or cause any concern I let it go.
That was not a big deal to me, but what if someone else is profiting off of your work?
Here is an interesting story by Tony and Chelsea Northrup - they had a company place their image right on the packaging for their product without ANY contact. It was actually an image of Chelsea's face, so there was no disputing it. The result? The company had to pay $60,000 for the usage.
If you have a story about your images being stolen and used for someone else's profits, we would love to hear it. Contact us or comment here with a link!