Stolen stock on facebook?

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SWKrullImaging
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:17AM
I discovered something interesting on facebook yesterday when I was looking at a post by a local outdoor organization that I follow.  They had shared a photograph by a "community site" called "removed".  It was a photograph of a family of bears walking on a highway.  So I was going to like the post, and went to the "removed" page.  I noticed that it was filled with beautiful obviously very professional photography from all over the world.  No photo credits, no watermarks, no copyrights, no attempt to sell the images...  So I looked into the "photographer".  Turns out to be some middle eastern guy with no web site, no credentials, no bio, no  nothing.  Just hundreds and hundreds of obviously stolen stock images.  I found one that was water marked with the National Geographic logo.


So then I started poking around some more and found some more similar sites, "removed", "removed" and many more.  All the same MO.  Middle eastern guy with no credentials sharing thousands of stock photos with hundreds of thousands of followers all happily using the "free" stock imagery.  One guy actually has a business selling "Cover Photos" to pages that need a "stylish" cover photo.


This is widespread and massive.  The images appear to be low res, so I don't know how much of a bite they are taking out of our business, or even who the images originally belonged to, but I'm sure with such a massive following it can't be helping.  I reported a couple fo the sites to facebook as "spam" but haven't heard back.  I tried to find out if any of the iamges were mine, but the sheer number of images on the sites brought my aging computer to its knees. Thought I would post it here to see if anyone else has seen this or knows what this is all about?


Thanks in advance!

(Edited on 2013-02-17 09:18:22 by SWKrullImaging)

(Edited on 2013-02-17 09:54:11 by SWKrullImaging)

(Edited on 2013-02-17 09:56:44 by SWKrullImaging)
Whiteway
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:49AM
Notify ce (at) istockphoto.com .

Don't advertise thieving sites (if that is what they are).
SWKrullImaging
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:57AM

Do I just send them a site mail, an email, or open a ticket for something like this?


 
youngvet
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:44AM

Just email them with a link to the site/Facebook page 
cmannphoto
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:51AM
Here is Lobo's Sticky at the top of the Help Forum with instructions FILE MISUSE
SWKrullImaging
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:49PM

Thanks everybody, I fired the email off to ce, so we will see what they say.


 
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:51PM

Posted By cmannphoto:
Here is Lobo's Sticky at the top of the Help Forum with instructions FILE MISUSE


Thanks.
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