posted on 9th of february, 2009

I just wanted to warn everyone, contributors and admins on DT. There was a recent serious issue on another stock site. Apparently, a group of people where trying to run an elaborate scam. They were buying discounted credits from different stock sites and downloading images then posting them as their own. So, keep a watchful eye on your work. It was an observant contributor who discovered this while searching for one of her own images, a stolen one was discovered. These thieves had their accounts cancelled and I am hoping that they will be prosecuted somehow. So be on the lookout, if you see an image that you recognize with strange name attached to it, report it

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Comment by Linqong on March 03, 2009

I have also encountered such abnormal download, but nothing I can do.

Comment by Irisangel on February 22, 2009

Hi David2xs, That's one problem, but the truth is, it is a crime. Theft and copyright infringement are serious issues.

Comment by Davidd2xs on February 21, 2009

u know that when someone steals anothers pictures all they do is to cheapen everyones pictures. dave

Comment by Valleymiss on February 17, 2009

I agree with Fultonsphoto---Mine don't sell either so they should be safe...lol I do hope these folks get prosecuted .We all work hard to get our images approved,and then someone steals them!!How terrible!

Comment by Irisangel on February 10, 2009

I know what you mean Dessie, but the reviewers look at so many images. I think the key to stopping this lies in the application process. New contributors need to be looked at more closely and have their information checked like they do here at DT. I remember having to upload picture ID before acceptance.

Comment by Littledesire on February 10, 2009

We've found them on one of the sites but maybe they upload to more of the sites.
Irisangel, I still wonder how is it possible reviewers don't recognise these famous photos? I'm new to stock (one year) and already can recognise photos with lot of sales and even some photographers' styles of shooting. How can a reviewer NOT recognise the famous Kurhan' smiling photos ?!?

Comment by Marpit on February 10, 2009

Why don't you tell the site so we can check ?

Comment by Blagov58 on February 10, 2009

Interesting,- how people can feel when they doing that?

Comment by Justmeyo on February 10, 2009

I never thinking that can happen.Thanks for alerting us

Comment by Linqong on February 09, 2009

If it is true, this will be a very serious problem.
Thanks for the alert!

Comment by Irisangel on February 09, 2009

Me too, there was an image that I recognized from this site, it was Gold fish jump, by Mikdam. I knew I had seen it before and searched for it here when I couldn't find it on the other site, so they were taking images from one site and uploading to another. I guess they don't realize that most of us, upload to more than one site. [imgl]http://www.4635114[/imgl]

Comment by Marilyngould on February 09, 2009

Yikes! Hey, thanks for the heads up! I do hope these people are held accountable.

Comment by Bibidesign on February 09, 2009

It's incredible! As always, there are people without scrupulous. Thanks!

Comment by Irisangel on February 09, 2009

Hi Noonie, Luckily the people responsible were found out very quickly. They seem to go after the images that have sold the most.

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 09, 2009

My Images are safe, they dont sell lmao :0) , however, it is sad that this does happen and glad someone noticed this and reported them.

Comment by Noonie on February 09, 2009

I don't have time to check all the places to see if anyone is stealing! Let's hope something is done!!

Comment by Eclecticelegance on February 09, 2009

Very interesting and informative, but also sad. Thanks for the alert!

Comment by Maigi on February 09, 2009

Good alert! Sad when such things happen. And glad, that stock site take and action against such frauds. I wish the world would be a better place...

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