Who is Stealing Your Images?

Summary –  Any image posted to the internet can be stolen. This post shows an easy way to find out if this has happened to an image of yours.


Every time you post an image on the internet

It’s an invitation for someone to steal it

There are things that can make the theft more difficult

Or less profitable

But almost nothing is fool-proof 


Steal Me

Oh wait, I forgot – over 25 sites already have

None with even an alphabet that I understand

Much less the language

You’re most certainly NOT WELCOME!! 😦



I won’t go into what I do & don’t do apart from noting

I don’t post images larger than 800 pixels (long side)

That makes the image largely useless for printing

That said, mine show up on websites,

In YouTube videos,

and – most often, greeting card sites

A few years ago, someone was entering my images

In on-line photo contests

In his name

When I reported him,

He had the gall to send me a nasty email 😦


Here’s a quick and easy way to see

Which of your images have been stolen

1. Open this Google Images page

2. Drag any image to the dialog box and you will see

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You get the idea.

I’ll show one more example using a

Favorite image style of mine that is stolen the most often

Out of Frame images (OOF)

Read that post for examples & a how-to

Note, thieves, since you seem to like OOF so much

Learn to do it yourself

My OOF post tells you how

The OOF’s seem to be popular with sites that offer

Greeting cards

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The locations of the above sites

Are representative of the vast majority of my stolen images

Not only can’t I read the language – but not the alphabet either

Google translation helps


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4 thoughts on “Who is Stealing Your Images?

  1. Shouldn’t be a surprise. Either drag and drop from a browser or a screen/object/selection tool such as SnapZ Pro makes downloading an image child’s play… no hacking needed. Some sites prevent drag and drop but I have yet to find a site that stopped a screen capture tool from working. For example compare Pbase with the gallery pages (but not the other pages) on the club site. Pbase enables drag and drop at the original size. The club site permits the 6KB micro images to be D&D but not the main display image; however, the selection tool grabs whatever image you want so even the protection afforded by the web host is for naught.

    • Alan, Thanks for your observations.

      No surprise here. “Daily” blog topics need some variety and I thought that folks might be interested in finding out which of their images were “popular” with thieves – thus the link to the Google Image finder page. As I said – put it on the web and it’s gone if anyone wants it. Coming soon on the blog – pros & cons of watermarks, and how to make them.

  2. I don’t earn money with my photos — and consider myself far from being a “pro”. As such, I take pride in my photos being used by others. The more people take them, the better they must be 🙂 I therefore license them CC. Now if only people would tell me when they reuse my photos…

    • As another non-pro, I understand your position. Personally though, I don’t appreciate folks taking my work and passing it off as their own, but I accept the fact that that’s the way it is.

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