Posts Tagged ‘theft’

Thief Caught on Tape Stealing $2,250 Worth of Prints from Art Gallery in Broad Daylight

In the digital age, having your photos stolen usually indicates copyright infringement by someone who decided to use your work without permission online. But for Ukranian-born photographer Aleksandr “Sasha” Onyshchenko, the term recently took on the old definition: two of his prints were literally stolen right out of the gallery they were being displayed at in broad daylight! Read more…

Copyright Suit Helps British Photographer Win $32,000, He Was Initially Offered $250

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British photographer Jason Sheldon has won a settlement of £20,000 (about $32,300 US) over a stolen image of his (seen above), after initially being offered less than one percent of that. 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…

Charity Donation Settles BuzzFeed Photo-Stealing Dispute

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It’s rare that we get to report happy news from the intellectual property side of the photography business, so let’s take heart from a win-win settlement achieved between a wronged photographer and viral media site BuzzFeed. Read more…

New Technology Thwarts Image Thieves Using… Sudoku?

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A Malaysian researcher may have dealt a major blow to image thieves by using the mathematical formulas behind Sudoku puzzles to create hidden, super-strong watermarks. Read more…

Thief Caught on Video Stealing $6,000 of Camera Equipment During a Wedding

It’s unfortunate that this is a piece of advice we need to give, but alas, it’s necessary: never leave your camera gear unattended. One photographer recently learned that lesson the hard way at an outdoor wedding he was shooting when he was deprived of some $6,000 of camera equipment in one fell swoop. And what’s more, the entire theft was caught on camera by the wedding’s videographer. Read more…

Controversy Erupts After Stolen Picture Wins Samsung Photo Contest

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One of the downsides to living in an uber-connected digital world is the ease with which intellectual property can be stolen. Whichever bogus excuse they choose to use, many people seem less than concerned when it comes to stealing someone’s photography and claiming it as their own these days.

One such person is Instagram user @bogdhan, who recently won Samsung’s ‘Live in the Moment’ Instagram contest (and an NX300) using a photo that he never actually took. Read more…

Photographer’s Stolen DSLR Contained Family’s Only Shots of Funeral

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From the annals of “How Low Can You Go?” comes word from Hawaii of a stolen camera whose memory card had a family’s only photos of a two-day memorial service.
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Phone Thief Unwittingly Gives Previous Owner a Photo Tour of His Life

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This is Hafid. About 4 months ago, Hafid stole a phone from a German tourist who was vacationing on the island of Ibiza, Spain. Hafid didn’t, however, delete the original owner’s Dropbox app or disable the automatic upload feature.

So ever since the phone was stolen, she has received periodic updates about Hafid’s life in Dubai, which she has kindly uploaded to a Tumblr blog, complete with humorous commentary. 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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