Online theft: The Negative Effect

The rise of images across the Internet has opened up new questions in the ever-going issues of copyright, in reference to the still world of images.  With over 13 billion WordPress pages viewed each month, the question is something that all photographers should view as a major concern.  This is not taking into account all the other daily content that hits the web ever single day.  With all of this, how can you control your images?

You can expect that a simple copyright placed on your photograph might be a way to slow down the theft of quality images, but then it takes away from your amazing image.  I think one of the best ways is to just search for your images online after they have been compromised.  It’s become pretty easy to search 5 billion images on the Internet.  It’s up to you how you want to move forward after that, legal or just ask that they be removed.  It’s your time and money, so I would think about the process before moving forward.

If you want to check your images to see if your images are being used someplace else on the web, then check out these sites.   Google Images will search the web for your images in a couple of different ways.  I like the easy use of drag and drop that Tineye uses.  It is an image search service that will check your images like a fingerprint.

Good luck and Keep Clicking!

Kent Smith Photo and Video

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About Kent Smith

Kent Smith is an award-winning director/photographer who started as a photographer capturing images of some of the most prestigious people and companies in the world. He had long been a fan of cinema and decided to pursue the moving pictures to his arsenal. The first feature film that Kent directed, The Last Passport, went on to win Best Director and Best Actor at the Solstice Film Festival in Minneapolis. He decided to work around as many film projects as possible to gain knowledge of the business side as well as learn from the very best directors, writers, and producers. This path has set him on a course to work on some of the best tv shows including three seasons on Homeland, and two seasons on Outcast and two seasons on Mr. Mercedes. He has also worked on many different feature films including Max, Tusk, Racing Dreams and American Animals. He has worked with some incredible talent over the years including Claire Danes, Barack Obama, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, Brendan Gleeson, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Evan Peters, Patrick Fugit, Lenny Kravitz, Justin Long, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, and Haley Joel Osment. Kent has worked for Showtime, HBO, Under Armour, Shell, Electrolux, Bank of America, Pepsi, Food Lion, and many more. He is currently working on two features of his own at this time.

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