5 Creative Ways to Protect Against Photo Theft

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Protecting your work from theft is hard. On one side, you want to gain as much publicity as possible from your internet presence. On the other, you don’t want to make your work too accessible and miss out on paying customers as a result. Watermarks often destroy the aesthetic value of a picture, and metadata inside photos is easily removed. Disabling right-click is so 1999. We’ve identified five new ways to protect your images against theft without placing undue restrictions on your work.

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Is Etsy the New Silk Road for Copyright Infringement?

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While browsing through my image search results on PIXSY (our new service that finds and invoices image theft for you), I was surprised to see my picture for sale on Etsy (above). My immediate reaction:

  1. What an ugly mousepad. I’d never print my photo like this.
  2. The seller seems to be stealing thousands of photos. How could Etsy let this happen?
  3. Who had the nerve to think they could do this?

So my picture was the party and I wasn’t invited. I decided to see what I could do to notify the seller and contact Etsy about the problem.

What did I find out? Etsy is selling thousands of stolen photos and doesn’t seem to care. Their system lets sellers hide their contact information, and Etsy will not disclose the identities of sellers stealing work even after being presented with clear evidence. 

Etsy is in essence the new Silk Road for copyright infringement

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Copyright Registration

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Do you register your work with the US Copyright Office? Though the idea of copyright registration sounds quite antiquated in the Internet age, there are some very good reasons why you should register. There’s also a lot of misinformation running around about how registration works, who can register, and if you need to even register at all. Here’s why every artist– including non-US photographers– absolutely, positively should register their work.

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Does “No copyright infringement intended” have any legal significance?

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You see it all the time on YouTube: “No copyright infringement intended.” Some 489,000 videos contain this disclaimer according to Andy Baio at Waxy.org. Generally you see it posted alongside copyrighted music, old movies and TV episodes. Why do people use it and is it legally valid?

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The Top 5 Most Expensive Camera Lenses Ever

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Photography is a fun sport yet it can get expensive very quickly. Just as bulls are judged by the size of their horns, it seems as though some judge photographers are judged by the size of their glass. Many newcomers unaware of the great bargains out there are put off by the high cost of lenses.

We decided to take sticker shock to the next level and composed this list of the most expensive lenses ever sold. Don’t worry about leaving your American Express card at home– it won’t help you afford these bad boys. And of course, this is a great page to send to clients when they ask why you won’t shoot a wedding for $200.

Photo: Andrés Nieto Porras (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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How to Check Canon Shutter Count (and Why it Matters)

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Shutter count is to DSLRs what mileage is to cars. Circuit boards and other non-mechanical components have a virtually infinite lifespan, but shutters take quite a bit of wear and tear over its life. Canon DSLRs are generally rated to sustain anywhere from 50,000 to 300,000 shutter actuations before a shutter replacement is necessary (at a cost of several hundred dollars).

Photo: Claudio Matsuoka (CC BY 2.0)
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