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What's the limit of stolen images to be shut down??? fritzkocher issue

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click_click:
Exactly.

What do you think would be an adequate number of stolen images in your portfolio or ripped off photographers until an agency will shut you down?

For over a week now a friend (seriously it's a friend and not me) is trying to get an agency (of the Big 6) to shut down a blatant thief who ripped off images from at least 4 other photographers.

After copies of his images were removed along with his entire portfolio he is now back online (without claimed images from my friend).

Further "research" (thank you Tineye) showed that 4 more photographers were ripped off by the same person.

Now get this:

Although the agency already started removing the other photographer's images from the culprit's portfolio he is still selling other stolen material.

Don't even think about starting with stuff like "It's up to the agency to decide if it's actually copyright infringement or just a similar image" BECAUSE:

I layered the images in Photoshop and they are 100% identical plus it also involves exclusive photographerS from an agency that shall remain nameless.

This is a significant issue for all involved.

But out of interest  I just wanted to know if I'm just over reacting...

epantha:

--- Quote ---What do you think would be an adequate number of stolen images in your portfolio or ripped off photographers until an agency will shut you down?
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loop:
Do yo mean stolen or plagiarazed?

click_click:

--- Quote from: loop on October 05, 2009, 10:51 ---Do yo mean stolen or plagiarazed?

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I mean downloaded, modified in Photoshop (simple plugin change) and re-uploaded.

Or downloaded and used as a part of another composition consisting out of other stolen images.

With plagiarized I understand that he took someone's concept and re-shoot it himself. That is not the case here.
He downloaded the images of others, modified them (slightly) and is selling them as his own. The changes are so slightly that even Tineye picked it up...

Randy McKown:
One .. punishable by public flogging.

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