Last Thursday I got an email from a blogging client and friend. It read, “I have a situation where somebody has already stolen a photo from my web store. What should I do about it? There is no question it’s my photo.”
Cathy had followed a pin on Pinterest that featured her photo…but ended up on someone else’s blog.
I took a look at the blog she pointed to and – sure enough – it was a photo from Cathy’s web store. I had just finished working on the site and still had the high-res version of the photo in question on my desktop. The Photo Thief had obviously googled her subject and just decided to take the first photo that appeared, for use on her own blog. There was no link to Cathy’s web store, no mention of where the photo came from. It wasn’t this blogger’s property, but she took it.
If you’ve ever had a photo from your blog published elsewhere without permission, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Anger isn’t the right word: it’s infuriating to see your work on someone else’s site, when you pour hours of every week into creating original content and original photos for your blog.
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