After my post yesterday talking about how I don’t like to clutter up my images with a watermark, and that a watermark is not a guarantee that it will stop someone from stealing my image, there was some discussion on the theft of images and copyright infringement.
Photographers get very upset when someone uses their image without permision. Copyright infringement is not only happening to you and me, it happens in the music business, the movie business, and knock offs of products sold on the street of major cities.
Let’s get real, we all have, or know of someone that has rented a movie and made a copy for themselves to view later for free. Made copies of a music CD and passed it on to friends or family members. Napster gave away millions and millions of free music downloads right out in the open for everyone to see, and it took the music industry tons of money and lawsuits to finally stop it.
My wife told me of knock offs of high end purses and watches being sold right out in the open on the streets in New York when she visited there a few years ago.
This is all copyright infringement, but yet good honest people doing the infringements don’t really think they are doing anything wrong. So why should we be surprised when someone uses one of our images, this kind of stuff has been going on forever.
I would bet that some of the photographers that are so upset by someone using one of their images, has committed one of these infringements I just mentioned, and didn’t think it was hurting anyone.
I know that some of the people that buy my e-books or videos will make a copy and pass it on to their photo buddies, it’s going to happen the same as it happens to all artists, musicians, movie makers, product makers, it’s reality.
So I know this stuff goes on and someone somewhere may use one of my images, and I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, it’s just part of being and artist, musician, movie makes, product maker.