How to find out who's stealing your images online, and how to get paid ...

HAROLD DAVIS:

"I am often asked how I deal with the issue of image theft, considering my extensive online presence on my blog and on my Flickr stream. My answer has been that I don’t release high-resolution files except to known reliable clients under contract, and that I expect some image thievery to be taking place with the low-resolution versions I post online. This, I explain, is a little like 'spoilage' in a retail store: part of the cost of doing business. Without images online no one will find me, and over the years I have made many new clients via my blog and Flickr. Incidentally, I explain, I don’t watermark my online images because watermarks are ugly, and can easily be cloned out.

"It turns out that I have substantially underestimated the prevalence of commercial image theft of my work.

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"Generally, image theft is as easy as right-clicking on the image, and choosing Save As from the context menu, then posting the photo without attribution. The fact that all my images are labeled as copyrighted and that Flickr is set to 'All Rights Reserved' seems to be widely ignored. I’m sure this is the situation for many photographers who post their work."

Find out how Harold Davis fights back, and gets paid, here.