People need to know about this. Perhaps this post should be pinned.
Well, as with any picture-sharing site, there are definitely sooner or later gonna be someone who uploads a picture they haven’t taken on here, AKA thieves. This is in fact illegal.
Finding out if someone has actually taken the photo or not is simple, and requires only a minute or so to find out. Use this guide to expose him/her.
- Either download the picture, or you copy the image URL (right click on the picture and select ‘copy image URL’ or something that resembles it in your native language)
- Go to Google image search or Tineye.com and upload the image or paste the URL (Note that on Google you need to press the little camera icon in the search bar first, before upoading/pasting).
- Voilà! If the result page shows the same picture many times, the poster has most likely stolen the photo off some other page. But please make sure that the results doesn’t show other pages the poster might have uploaded it to, so please check your sources.
As for exposing the culprit, simply posting a comment saying that it is a stolen picture rarely does the trick, but is worth a try. If the author doesn’t delete the post, contact moderators/admins and they will delete the post when faced with solid proof.
HOW TO AVOID GETTING YOUR PICTURES STOLEN
Make a logo, and apply it to the photo before uploading. Reduce the opacity to make it less apparent, but still difficult to remove. You might not like the look of it, but hey, it’s better than having it stolen, eh?
You can also use the same guide described above to look up your own pictures, to find potential thieves. I work as a photographer myself, and I have numerous times caught copyright infringers who have stolen my photographs by googling them.
Hope this helps many, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below or send me a PM :)
– Mats Edvin Aarø