Wednesday, April 29, 2020

10 Worst Excuses I've Gotten For Stealing My Photo



Essentially any photographer who shares their work online will eventually get their images stolen.  In the past I've written about copyright myths and truths.  Luckily for photographers, the law is on our side, and we can seek out damages for images that were used without our permission.  I use a service called Pixsy to do this.  With their team of attorneys and legal experts, they have successfully obtained hundreds of licensing fees for the unauthorized use of my photos.  Before I share these excuses, I want to clarify that I am talking about commercial and organizational use of my photos.  These are uses by businesses and institutions and not by individuals.  If someone uses my photo on their personal, non-commercial Facebook page and gives me credit, I don't care.  It's not something I charge money for.  I am also more forgiving of individuals not knowing the ins and outs of what's legal to share online than I am of businesses and organizations that have a responsibility to know better.  So, without further ado, here are the 10 worst excuses I've received for unauthorized commercial and organizational use of my photos:

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