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