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« on: August 17, 2011, 23:58 »
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Hi all,

Thanks to Google image search, I found, a couple of days ago, someone called Jean-luc Cochonneau selling one of my photos on pixelia.fr, a french stock site. It was a photo I donated to Fotolia free section and it was only available there. I emailed the agency and they took it down immediately.

Now I found it again on Shutterstock search results and I'm getting a bit pissed off, although it is already down. I'm about to contact Shutterstock to know if the photo had any sales.

I've been checking his portfolio for further violations, but I couldn't find any. However, it smells funny... Some of the photos are quite bad, others are almost National Geographic level, lots of montages... I'm listing his portfolio at all the agencies I could find, in case anyone wants to check it out:

Shutterstock
iStockPhoto
Dreamstime
Fotolia
BigStockPhoto
123RF
CanStockPhoto
Feature Pics
StockPhotoMedia
Cutcaster
Gimmestock
StockPodium
Most Photos
Deposit Photos
Pixmac
Pixelia
Zoonar
AgeFotoStock
Visco Images
Photaki
Free Web Photo

Edit: found in on Dreamstime, too  >:(. Edit2: And on many others... ::)
« Last Edit: August 30, 2011, 14:33 by luder / Lus Brs »


red

« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 10:27 »
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I don't know if it is premature, but DT has already suspended this member. The portfolio in question is still on the other sites (as of today).

« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 10:37 »
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Amazing on his website he claims he is being working freelance for 30 years as graphic designer!
all the other links he has are dead....
On an amusing note cochonneau means little pig in French, I guess the pig got caught today ;D


« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011, 10:42 »
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I would find it very, very unlikely that this portfolio was generated by one person. An algorithm could be designed to sniff this out...

« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 10:59 »
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Thanks for the heads-up and good work on catching this thief.

Cogent Marketing

« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011, 11:09 »
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Scumbag  :o

« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011, 11:10 »
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These cows look like something Isselee would do? http://www.shutterstock.com/g/xedos4#id=30155161

« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2011, 11:11 »
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Yes, thanks for posting. I wish some sort of punishment would be doled out, other than just banning the thief from a site.  >:(

« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011, 11:18 »
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These cows look like something Isselee would do? http://www.shutterstock.com/g/xedos4#id=30155161


So not only is he a thief, but he's okay with diluting his sales by 10 by putting 10 photos on one file.  ::)

« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 11:23 »
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SS shut him down as well.

Good work!

Keep working on it. Couldn't find any of mine there.

« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2011, 11:30 »
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I don't know if it is premature, but DT has already suspended this member. The portfolio in question is still on the other sites (as of today).


Yes, DT confirmed the infringement and blocked his account. Not only did he upload a photo he did not own the copyright, he also upscaled it from 3 MP to 7 MP! :D I can't believe it was accepted...

By the way, this was the photo he stole:
http://www.fotolia.com/id/327909

Can't believe it made it into Shutterstock, either...

« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2011, 15:24 »
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I wasted about 30 minutes trying to find any of my images stolen by that guy. I'm insulted that I couldn't find any. I think many of my images are more than worthy of being stolen by someone truly wanting to make money.
I agree that the selections of images are truly weird. In one of my best selling categories he had almost 1,000 images with a breathtakingly different range of styles, treatments in wildly varying quality levels. Red flag time. Glad to see he's being rooted out site by site.

« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2011, 15:52 »
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Nice that this person was caught but I wonder how many others are doing this?  I would of thought the sites could use software to stop this happening.  I hope they give any money earned to the copyright holder.  This isn't nice for the buyers either, I presume their RF license is worthless if the copyright holder hasn't sold it?

« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2011, 17:31 »
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He appears to have an account on the3dstudio.com  FYI

rubyroo

« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2011, 17:39 »
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Thanks for posting this Luder.  It's always a relief to see another one taken out of circulation.


Microbius

« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2011, 02:14 »
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SS shut him down as well.

Good work!

Keep working on it. Couldn't find any of mine there.

I'm still seeing his SS portfolio!

« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2011, 04:35 »
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SS shut him down as well.

Good work!

Keep working on it. Couldn't find any of mine there.

I'm still seeing his SS portfolio!

When you click on any of the photos it says that its temporarly not available. I assume that the images thumbnails and account will be closed after they fully confirm the thief status

Microbius

« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2011, 04:51 »
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Ahhh okay, got ya. Thanks

« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2011, 05:50 »
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I looked through his SS port and didn't recognize anything but thanks for sniffing out this thief.

Given that SS has some sort of check when you upload that an image was formerly in your portfolio - I have to add a statement with all such uploads that I deleted some files when I went exclusive and am now re-uploading - why wouldn't they do that check against the whole database to preclude this sort of thing from being possible?

Microbius

« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2011, 06:17 »
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Very good point, Google seems to be getting close to perfecting the technology, shouldn't be too hard to implement on a limited collection like Shutterstock.

« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2011, 19:37 »
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« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2011, 19:48 »
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Well done!

« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2011, 20:37 »
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