Assuming you’ve been around these parts (you know… the Daily Photo Thing list) since May 5th, you might recall that I wrote about online photo theft and included my most-stolen image as part of the message.
I got a response from Bob, who wondered if I stole his picture.
In his words:
Hey you bum, you stole my F#¢k!n& Picture!
OK, not really, but you’d sure think so at a glance, wouldn’t you? Like you, this is also my most stolen image, and I’m willing to bet that some of the times when I saw “my” image, it was yours, and vice-versa. They’re so dang close I had to put them in Photoshop to see the difference. You were standing a bit to my right, possibly next to me, or one or two people over. Also, as you well know, you and I weren’t the only ones to get this shot. For a couple of years, a canvas print of “my” photo was hanging in the Elbe depot. Only it wasn’t mine. Somebody else had printed their shot and given it to them.
Bob and I are friends, and he figured I’d get a chuckle out of this. But he makes a good point: what we might assume at first is our stolen photo could actually be someone else’s image that they made independently.
Image theft is a problem… as is jumping to conclusions. Just another thought to ponder around online image sharing and theft.