Posts Tagged ‘stealing’

The Unbelievable Case of Teresa Blau Kursman, a Pathological Photo Stealer Who Just Doesn’t Stop

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There are stories of fauxtographers stealing photos and claiming them as their own, and then there is this: the true-but-unbelievable saga of Teresa Blau Kursman, a photographer and designer who went above and beyond any photo stealing case you’re likely to ever come across.
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Lens Rentals Canada Suspends Service Due to Possible Theft While in Possession of Canada Post

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Well, this is awkward. From the looks of it, Lens Rentals Canada is suspending services due to the theft of their equipment while in transit. Read more…

Doug Gordon Accused of Plagiarizing Yet Again, Then Lying About It

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Photographer, photography teacher and Nikon Ambassador Doug Gordon — the same Doug Gordon who only just began truly recovering from the plagiarism scandal he was caught up in last year — is being accused of plagiarism yet again by photography wall-of-shame site PhotoStealers. Read more…

Anti-Piracy Group Accused of Stealing the Photo They Used in an Anti-Piracy Ad

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Well this is awkward… We’re all for people advocating for copyright law and making sure that people at least understand that it’s bad to steal other people’s intellectual property, but if you’re going to do it, you might want to follow your own rules.

Case in point: Anti-piracy group The Business Software Alliance was called out this weekend for allegedly using a stolen photo in an anti-piracy ad that encouraged people to turn in unlicensed software users. Read more…

Malware Disguised as Night Vision Camera App Empties Your Wallet

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With 98% of mobile malware being directed towards the Android operating system, it’s no surprise that the Google Play Store contains more than a few insidious applications that intend to do you harm.

The most recent of these to make headlines is an app uncovered by AVAST, which hides behind the thin facade of a night vision camera app and does its best to empty out your wallet. Read more…

Malicious Malware Uses Photos of Sunsets and Cats to Steal Banking Credentials

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It’s a sad day for the Internet… according to Trend Micro’s security analysts, it’s been discovered that photographs of both sunsets and — even more heartbreaking — cats being shared across the web contain malware capable of getting into your bank accounts. Read more…

An Open Letter to Photography Thieves

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Dear Photography Thieves,

I’ve always known you were out there, even in the days of film. In a photography world filled with negatives and prints, you crept quietly in the shadows and, let’s face it, it was harder then, wasn’t it? But now, with the digital age and that glorious thing called social media, it’s so much easier. It’s really a boom time for you. It’s like you hit pay dirt. And, after reading a month’s worth of Photo Stealer’s entries, all I can say is: You. Must. Be. Exhausted. Read more…

New York Photographer Steals Photos to Earn Business, Says That’s ‘Called Biz’

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Purloining somebody else’s photos to promote your photography business has become depressingly common lately, but occasionally a new cretin comes forward to push the practice to a new level of sadness. Read more…

Student Wins Photography Contest with Filched Photo

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It’s one thing to swipe a photo and slap it on your website, and quite another to enter that stolen image into a high-profile photo contest passed off as your own work.

That is exactly what Mark Joseph Solis, a graduate student at the University of the Philippines, is discovering as he becomes a subject of international ridicule for winning several thousand dollars worth of prizes with a purloined portrait. Read more…

Thou Shalt Not Steal: There’s a Plagiarism Epidemic in the Photography Industry

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Thou shalt not steal.

It’s one of the first things we learn as kids: don’t take something that doesn’t belong to you. And it’s a hard lesson to learn, for as children, we feel the entire world belongs to us. I learned this lesson the hard way. No, I didn’t shoplift…I stole little metal ashtrays from a Burger King in Panama City, Florida. I did it. I admit it.
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