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Discussion in 'News and Rumors' started by donlaw, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
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  2. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    Unfortunately, I don't have to worry about anyone benefiting from stealing my work! But I post reduced photos and if I think something's really good, I hold off. And if I think it's borderline good, I add a copyright notice to the "file info" in the forlorn hope that if someone is sloppy enough to steal, he/she's sloppy enough not to check the "file info."
    The fellow in this article is a flagrant example of an intellectual thief, but too many people just don't seem to understand that if it isn't their work they should credit the "author." Even nice, decent people seem to have a blind side to this when it's on the web. In another group I'm a member of, someone justified posting someone else's work, when called out, by the argument "I assumed everyone would know I wasn't good enough to produce this." Facepalm!
    As a side rant, Plagiarism is a problem everywhere. Maybe it's because I come from an academic family, but I just don't get it. I'd forgive my husband for cheating on me before I'd forgive plagiarism. Yet, I had a friend who was an English professor at the university level. He had students turn in papers with long passages where they had taken their source's work and just changed the vocabulary, leaving every thought intact. When he confronted them, they told him their coaches had told them that was the way to write papers.
     
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  3. Notjustanybeth

    Notjustanybeth SC Regular

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    Jun 24, 2013
    BC, Canada
    Bethany
    I just read a blog entry by a woman who's photo (of her family, no less!) was stolen and used in a newspaper article, an article that she had serious issues with besides the stolen image. So are journalists trolling Flickr for images now that they've cut photography staff?! Argh.

    I don't understand why Flickr thinks it is such a great idea to be able to post full resolution images. Seems they should be advising users to reduce and resize images to deter theft.
     
  4. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    Amen! Now and then someone's going to have something so outstanding they just have to share it at 100%, but for the most part, if it's going to viewed at 1024 pixels max side, why post megapixels more? So you actually use up your terabyte and buy more storage, maybe.

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  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Even at reduced resolution such as 800, 1024, 1600, etc an image is still very usable for someone who wants to use it without permission. Not as large prints obviously and they will probably be too small for anyone to enter them in competitions where the organisers want full resolution images, but still useful for websites, blogs, and small publications. If you want to keep control of the intellectual property of your images you need to stop people from finding and seeing them in the first place.
     
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  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Its distressing but not stoppable. The only thing to do is to be recognised as the owner, first. (eg, I think anyone might have trouble stealing my fire shots, simply because they have been seen in a lot of places). I dont want my stuff stolen, but at the same time, apart from never posting it online anywhere, can't see really how its avoidable, *if* it happens to be good enough. I don't believe mine is. I dont have my stuff downloadable but that wont stop a determined thief.
     
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  7. Notjustanybeth

    Notjustanybeth SC Regular

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    Jun 24, 2013
    BC, Canada
    Bethany
    If you set your Flickr account so that only you have access to the original files, I believe this prevents downloading. You can also set it so others cannot share via various social media. The only way they can get your pic then (unless they are a hacker) is to take a screenshot. I don't know what the resulting quality of the image would be. Not great, I don't think. But, yes, if they really want something, they will take it. I guess all we can do is try to make it a bit more work for the thieves.
     
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  8. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    This is exactly why my shots are relatively crappy photos. :biggrin:
     
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  9. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I hadn't noticed the no downloads feature. Thanks for pointing it out. But as you say, there's always risk.
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  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    :rofl:
     
  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    lest anyone get too comfortable thinking that their photos can't be downloaded from flickr if they disable downloads, please view this short video.
    <object width="420" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/jIxi1yU2MSI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/jIxi1yU2MSI?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
     
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Thanks Luke.:hissy: I always figured there was a way...and now you've gone and showed us all.
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  14. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I would like to believe that we all knew it wasn't yours, Luke. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed" - so we all need to remember we're not in Kansas anymore on the old Internet.
     
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  15. Notjustanybeth

    Notjustanybeth SC Regular

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    Jun 24, 2013
    BC, Canada
    Bethany
    Well, maybe we just shouldn't worry about it.
     
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  16. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    I have noticed many photographers put their name or a copyright label in the images. I thought about doing this. But anyone with simple photoshop skill can remove those. I guess if I made a living as a photographer, I would be much more concerned about it.
     
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  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    As I said... refusing to allow downloads won't stop a determined thief. Now it seems everyone knows how to. LOL