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
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
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
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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