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Top 10 Most Stolen Images Karl Louis

Top 10 Most Stolen Images

Photographers have it very difficult nowadays. Most people think the internet is a free self service area. Individuals and even companies download whatever they like and use the images for their own purpose or business. What can photographers do about it? Some decided to do nothing or they just ignore it while others decided to keep an eye on copyright infringements. The future will tell us what the better decision is.

And here they are, the top 10 most stolen images, which got reported hundreds of times already and sometimes even removed:

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latex is fashion © karl louis
nun and heels karl louis
nun and heels © karl louis
strada del fetish 2006 © karl louis
strada del fetish 2006 © karl louis
fetish ballerina © karl louis
fetish ballerina © karl louis
up © karl louis
up © karl louis
general motors truck © karl louis
general motors truck © karl louis
leg lines © karl louis
leg lines © karl louis
blue latex © karl louis
blue latex © karl louis
fit black © karl louis
fit black © karl louis
zahra and the harleys © karl louis
zahra and the harleys © karl louis

Instagram

Instagram is becoming very popular and thanks to the built-in filters everybody can very easily alter an image.  Unfortunately a lot of users do not give credits and/or tag the photographers and therefore copyright infringements are also on the rise. Below is an example.

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ultratight grey © karl louis

The image was made by me in Cologne on August 18, 2018. A few days later the model posted it with proper credits and got many likes. Some users reposted it with credits but some simply used the picture for their own purposes like e.g. selling leggings.

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instagram_copyright_infringement_leggings

I will keep you updated in this commercial copyright infringement case.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Stolen Images

  1. Karl you have photo’s stolen from you because the images are superb. It is easy to look at what took you decades of learning and creativity and think there isn’t too much that is comparable. With my printmaking graphic images I leave hidden traps just in case I have to prove ownership. Many of the thieves set up, steal images then fold up and disappear before you can find them. This World and Societies have changed so much with the World Wide Web. Too many are Arm Chair Commandoes sitting behind the anonymity of their Computer Screens. They are all tough and offensive bullies. I caught one who copied my antique padlock image of the Skull and Crossbones which was made during the late Victorian period of circa 1890’s. After advising him of the image theft he claimed it was on the Web and free to re-use without any credit ! Another image was stolen from me and made into a reverse image LOL Karl it seems this shall be a continual pain in our modern unethical World ?

    1. Brian, there are two types of copyright infringers, criminals and dont-knowers. The criminals either get a DMCA takedown notice or a letter from my lawyers. For the dont-knowers I don’t have enough time to educate them but sometimes I do it. The following graphic is a good one: http://jessicatermini.com/copyright-rules-best-practices-and-etiquette-for-sharing-images-on-social-media/
      There are months I make more money with compensation payments from infringers than by selling content. Unfortunately too many commercial infringers hide behind privacy services or operate from eastern countries, like Russia and China.
      It’s a big fight and we should never give up!

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