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What will you do if someone used your photo without your consent?



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What will you do if someone used your photo without your consent?

I have a photographer friend whose part time job is to take photos and sell them online. One day, he saw his photo being used by someone on Facebook without his consent. The photo was actually posted by him on his personal Instagram account and maybe the person who used it without his consent stole it from there. My friend actually told me that it was fine that his photo was used for as long as he is aware and is credited. However, the plagiarist didn't ask for his consent and worse didn't give him proper credits. That's why he contacted the Facebook user who used his photo right away and told him to give him proper credits or else he will report the post. 

On the other side, if it did happen to me, I would definitely just ignore what happened because I am not a professional photographer and I don't think I have that much of a status as a photographer to report what happened. However, I would like to know if what other professional photographers think about this issue, especially those that are full time photographers. 

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HappyLady

I frequently get this when people at church events take pictures of me and assume I will want them on Facebook. I suppose I do not mind too much, but there was one which made me look like a twenty stone elephant that someone posted that really annoyed me. I would like to see what people are posting first. If a random stranger posted a picture of me I woud be pretty annoyed and ask them to take it down.



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Martinsx1

It's very annoying when someone takes your pictures without your permission and still go further with uploading it to any social media sites especially on Facebook where all sort of people both mad and sane people come and go as they desire. The worst part is that they wouldn't even care to check if you look good in the picture before uploading, instead they are more interested in how they look.



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menchuuy58

I agree with you. Its very annoying when someone takes your pictures without your permission. Insane is the person stealing those photos.



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ElectorAlexande

I think the person is worst than that, at least an insane person has a little human feeling, the person does not have human feeling at all, what if the photo goes viral and isn't nice it can cause a psychological problems to the individual whose photo was used and the stupid person will not feel it at all.



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jeffreyjose48

Taking picture also without your consent is not good. I believe people will agree to take pictures if you talk to them first and get their consent. You really have to convince them first.



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menchuuy58

One of man's greatest achievement is getting the consent or approval of God. Jesus Christ is our perfect example in this. Jesus obeyed His father and he was exalted by the Father.



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ElectorAlexande

Hahaha, you even went further to make it biblical, then it's a sin.



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menchuuy58

I agree with you. If we will go biblical about this. Then its really a sin. But God can still forgive us if we repent from our sins.



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NerdIndeed

I know right, like what does God have to with it, but whatever, that's what she wants, so we need her to let them be. Peace What will you do if someone used your photo without your consent?



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ElectorAlexande

Yea that's true, you can convince them if they want to or not.



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menchuuy58

I agree with you. Taking pictures is not good when there is no consent. I will really try to get their permission.



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NerdIndeed

Oh, this would be a no-no for me, taking my picture without my consent?! That is a red flag right there. This instance usually happens with vloggers as they shoot videos with people in the background without wanting to be in their video in the first place. Proper ethics should be implemented here as there are precisely no rules in place regarding the matter.



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jeffreyjose48

Permission is something that needs to be done. Permissions is just the same as approval. We must be approved of God.



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menchuuy58

We must live our lives seeking the approval of God. We need to measure our lives with God's standard. His standard is written in the word of God.



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ElectorAlexande

Yea its inholy to use someone property with his concert, I think it's stealing and it's bad.



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Youngshark

the picture itself is some kind of intellectual property meaning that spreading it should only be done with someone's consent. It ought to be illegal to do otherwise.



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Alymae

I agree with you. This should be illegal and not just being taken down from the net. Because if you make a living out of it and someone stole it and used it for themselves, what will happen to you? You will end up losing credits and it will go to the other person especially if the person is a photographer too. This actually happened to my friend, she lost a client because of this.



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Youngshark

Too bad to hear that my friend and I hope that your friend was able to recover from such a disheartening experience.



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Alymae

She was able to come back from it. She has talent and skills. It was a lesson learned for her. But even though she was able to recover she still cried a lot and that client didn't come back to her. Anyways, she is fine now and getting better at her craft.



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ElectorAlexande

Even the Bible said we should ask in Mathew, when you ask and get approval you can use it with a free mind.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, because if that people use my picture and use it for bad, then I won't let it happen.



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ElectorAlexande

Just pray it doesn't happen because I don't think you have much to do about it.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, it's so annoying if someone will use your own photo, they can take a photo on their own and use it.



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edencaga

Yes, that's right. I will also get annoyed if someone will use my photo without any consent or without my credits. I hate it when you do all your effort but someone will just use it for free and used it for his /her own business, I will really report that person.



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Youngshark

What if the photo then goes ahead to be misappropriated when you have no news of it and bad news about you spread even without your knowledge. It is always good to get a green light.



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jayjaydimson

Yeah, it's kinda annoying if people used your pictures and use it for bad intentions.



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emiaj55

Some would even go as far as go to your Facebook profile and download each and every downloadable photos. Then they use those photos to create a dummy accounts. These dummy accounts are what they use scamming in the internet. And the most frustrating part is that it is your reputation and credibility that are destroyed in the process.



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Alymae

Totally. A case like this happened to someone I know. A friend of mine lives in the United States, she's active in charities. What happened was one of my "other" friends
contacted her using Facebook. They asked for money. That friend that contacted her is not always active on Facebook and leaves in a remote area so she is not sure about the identity. This friend sent a picture of her in the hospital and asked for help. So, my friend wants to help her and contacted someone to visit and give the money personally. So they went to the house of my friend and found out that she is fine. The picture was taken a year ago.



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ElectorAlexande

Exactly, they don't want to know if the photo can hurt your personality or not and when you go through the comments, you will be seeing all sort of rubbish there. It's annoying.



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stbrians

You may wonder the intention that the stranger had in posting your image on social media. Was it to ridicule or why?

What is meant here is howevet , a photo you took. By right that photo id yours and should not be used by another. How will you feel if thst photo is used by another person?



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Steve5

I agree. People should not claim other people's property like that. It's very disrespectful. It's so easy to actually ask for permission. It's common courtesy. If you show respect for other people's photographs, then they're more likely to give you their permission to use it.



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stbrians

Hashtag here is you ask to use it. Even the Bible says when you ask you are given, if you seek you find and if you knock it is opened for you. How true this is really.



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Youngshark

Yeah social media pages are the worst of them. They are normally the pictures which you find they have been made into memes later on after people have found a funny aspect.



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Steve5

That's so true. I mean, we think it's funny when we're the ones looking. But it's a different story altogether when they use our pictures. It's so sad and disheartening. But then again, why do most memes get to be so hilarious? It's criminally insane.



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mark8625

It is very annoying and upsetting at the same time. Photographer should ask permission to anyone that he wants to use as a subject. It is not good that you will see your face somewhere without knowing why its there.



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Youngshark

Sometimes there are photographers who take pictures that they sell to other parties and do not share the loot with those whom they took the pictures. It is very unfair and unprofessional and they ruin the name of the good ones in the industry.



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mark8625

It is very unfair really. We should sue them so that they know that many people care about their privacy. They should not take it advantage anyone.



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Youngshark

It shows the level of inhumanity that people can stretch to which is so bad. When you do not value another person but use them to make money it is almost the same as trafficking.



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mark8625

That is right. People should not always take advantage anyone by just because of money. Money is easy to find when we are broke but trust is really hard to bring back.



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superlicca

That is right. Asking for a permission shows a big respect to the person that you want to be the subject. This is something that is not hard to do if you really want to take a picture or use the photo of another person. You are not just building a good reputation as a photographer but also a good relationship with others.



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mark8625

That is right. Much better to ask permission not only in taking pictures but also in general to the person. It is a common mistakes to not asking permission but many people do that.



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Enyi

This is the most annoying part seeing your face somewhere that you never wanted to be and a total strangers has posted it without your consent.



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menchuuy58

It is so sad that this happened. Its not good that other people are stealing photos in order to gain some money. Its really bad.



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ElectorAlexande

The worst is when your photo is used to exploit others and collect money from people, scam or fraud. I think individual safety can't be guaranteed any more on social media.



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Steve5

That's a scary thought. But it's happening to people right now. And you'l just be surprised to find the authorities asking a bunch of questions. I hope none of us ever experience that.

I'm sure it's an awful experience.



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mark8625

Many people experienced that way. It is very alarming for everyone. They should learn how to protect their privacy. We must do something about it.



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stbrians

It is the society we live in. People can still anything for their personal gain.



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mark8625

That is right. They will do anything to take advantage other people. We should not tolerate it. We must do protecting ourselves for this kind of thing.



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menchuuy58

Using of photos without consent is a mistake. One should give credit to whom credit is due. You should ask permission before using that photo of others.



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Steve5

Yes, it's very disappointing. And what makes it worse is the fact that they're making money out of it. It's most likely even used for illegal activities. This could be why others prefer not to post profile pictures. There's a certain risk involved in doing so.



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stbrians

That is being courteous. Courtesy is the best policy. Give credit where it deserves.



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ElectorAlexande

Twenty stone elephant?, funny. I don't buy the idea of someone snapping me and posting it anywhere whether church or no church, it irritates me.



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theresajane

It really is annoying, especially if they ridicule you in terms picture. You are being upset by seeing your face being used by someone, how much more if your face is made as a laughingstock? It really is degrading.



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jeffreyjose48

Consent is very important. Parent's consent is like blessing. Just as a young couple is about to be married, they really need the consent of their parents for their marriage to be blessed



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menchuuy58

Marriage is what God approves. Marriage is an idea of God. He is the author of it.



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Kakashi2020

If complaints can be filed then I would do that. But if not then I'll probably inform the person to stop copying or using my photos. If he doesn't stop then I'll report him to the authorities if he's using my photos for illegal purposes.



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Youngshark

Too bad that some of our pictures might be used without our consent. I mean there is nothing like a search for images.



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jaybee19

Same. I was able to experience this as well in the past and what really annoyed me is Facebook's automatic tagging which automatically tag persons that are on the photo. And so, as a lesson learned, I always ask anyone who takes pictures of me or photos that I'm with to give me a preview before letting him/her post it on social media because even if I don't care that much about my image, I don't also want to be misunderstood by others just because of a bad photo/misleading photo.



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agbuyarashel

It's dangerous when stranger take pictures of you, especially in our generation wherein they might use it for bad reason, someone might even sell it. I have seen a case on T.V. about a girl who saw her face edited on a nude body when she never have that kind of photo. It turned out that someone took her pictures without her consent and edited it to blackmail her.
we should always be careful.



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Kakashi2020

I'll talk to the guy who took my photo. If he doesn't want to talk then I'll just report him to the site admin or take one of his photos also.



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Enyi

I think it is very wrong to post another photo without first seeking for the person's consent. Some people don't like their photo being online so the appropriate thing is taking permission from the concerned person.



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stbrians

There is no problem on my part. I use photos of other people on pixabay. There are times I acknowledge and other times that I do not.



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Martinsx1

Those people's pictures which you make use of on Pixabay, are they sold or do they generate any kind of money for you? If yes, then it's very important to always acknowledge then otherwise some people might take offense and react in a way that might be harmful to your image.



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Youngshark

Definitely important to give credits to the people and ask for their permission even especially if there are any payments to be made. You cannot just use people to make money and not acknowledge them it is unfair.



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stbrians

I use them to generate revenue yet at times it just happens that I skip acknowledging. The photos are free to use. Pixabay people might not take offence.



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Martinsx1

My reaction would be dependent on the purpose which my pictures were for. If they were used for merely advertising stuff, I really would bother much but wouldn't be happy that my consent was sought before doing so.

But if the case was to be that my pictures were sold online, them I would most likely seek legal action against the person who did that.



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stbrians

Some man came to an institution I was running and took photographs. He told us he will sell the photos and forward the money to us. He never did it



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Kakashi2020

It depends on what kind of photo, the situation, and how he used it. If it's a photo of me that he got from my Facebook account and used it for something not good then I'll report to the cybercrime bureau and he'll get some jailtime.



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menchuuy58

I agree with you. They will go to jail. I will also report that incident to the cyber crime bureau if this happened to me.



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ElectorAlexande

The worst is when your photo is used to exploit others and collect money from people, scam or fraud. I think individual safety can't be guaranteed any more on social media.



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mark8625

That is the worst thing that you may experience if you let anyone use your photo without your knowledge.



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mcnasci24

Yes, when there is identity theft the level of gravity escalates. And it doesn't have to be necessary for stealing money or scamming, just by using my photo on a fake social media account is enough to be dangerous. All sorts of lies can be traced back to these type of situations, where innocent people may believe it's my actual account and the identity thief starts posting information that has nothing to do with me.



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stbrians

I may report this man who took our photographs to sell and never paid to cybercrime bureau. Using people in this way is bad.



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mcnasci24

As they should. Some people don't realize the danger of other person's using their photos, but it can be a cause of legal trouble down the line for you if it's used in a criminal way. It's better to report them than to be sorry later on.



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anyone01

A copyright is a right which comes into existence the instant you submit something. And in the case of a photograph, it comes into existence the instant you capture to your camera. Which means you don’t need to apply for copyright registration to get this right. Now the plain query to your mind might be what's the need for registration of copyright? the solution is that a copyright registration is beneficial in case of disputes. If there are disputes, one of the great approaches to show your right is Copyright Registration.



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nrnlss

I will the same thing as he did, it doesn't matter of you are a professional photographer or not, it is yours and you should take the credit for capturing it.



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mcnasci24

Agreed. It's not a big hassle to write a message to the person and ask for credits. They are using something that belongs to you, that is your property, and they should ask for permission or at the very least credit you in their post. What if the photo goes viral, or a potential client sees the photo and hires the other person instead, believing they are the ones who took the photograph? It would be totally unfair, even if you are not a professional photographer.



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allyn2017

I would kindly ask the one who posted to either delete it or give the rightful credit to me since I am the owner of the photo.



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superlicca

Using other's photos is not bad as long as you ask for permission or gives credit to the owner. But without doing any of these can be so rude. What your friend did was right and I might do the same thing if that happens to me. We may not be a professional photographer, we still deserve to be informed if someone wants to use our work.



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astraherondale

I definitely won't take it lightly. I would ask the person who posted my photo to either give credit to me, or take the post down. If they refuse, I would have to involve the administrator of the site where they posted the photo. People nowadays download and repost photos freely since it's so easy to access anything that's posted online. However, image theft is a serious matter, and offenders have to be educated and penalized appropriately.



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edencaga

Maybe I would try to talk to that person thru chat and remind him/her not to used the photo from any other businesses or else I will report him/her as plagiarism. I will make him famous thru facebook if ever he/she will do that as a lesson for stealing a photograph that was taken by me.



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jayjaydimson

Well, if the person used my photo for good intentions, then it's okay for me. But if that person will use my photo for bad intentions, that's a no-no for me.



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Barida

The thing is that you may get to notice when the person is using your pictures for bad intentions until he/she is caught doing such. So, I believe that reacting on time and ensuring that the picture is pulled down is the best thing to do as long as I am concerned.



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focusedwriter10

This is the best thing to do. In most cases, stolen photos are not used for good intentions. Instead, most online scammers use stolen photos.
I have seen even politicians and the so-called celebs complaining about stolen photos which are used to create fake profiles by scammers, then con people who are not aware.



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amelia88

That’s tough. If it’s something harmless I don’t think I’d care but I do think it’s kind of creepy to go and use someone’s picture without their consent. It just seems like if you were doing that you’re already being inauthentic and that’s not cool!



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theresajane

Of course, I would really be disappointed and upset. Everyone wants to be credited. At least, a proper request would do. But if this happens, I would do everything to take a legal action and earn what I should earn.



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Barida

If this had happened to me, I would simply take this step that your friend took which is to talk to that person doing this. There is this risk that someone may use your pictures to commit a crime and it may link back to you, so I am definitely going to react when this kind of issues happen to me!



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mcnasci24

Just imagine you're casually scrolling through Facebook or the Recommended Follow section on Instagram and you come across another profile with your name and photo. Some persons might try to scam others and you would be the one blamed. It's dangerous and compromising, so we all should be careful with what we post and who do we allow to see our social media profiles.



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focusedwriter10

This has ever happened to me. Someone stole one of my photos on Facebook and used it to create an account with it. The worst part is that he started adding my friends, and some were accepting the request thinking it's me.

This habit of stealing someone's photo or photos is annoying. I immediately reported him and Facebook brought down the account.



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amelia88

I’m glad to hear that Facebook took it seriously and acted on it quickly too. That’s reassuring that if any of us find ourselves in the same position that we know Facebook will act quickly to remove the fake profile.



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theresajane

It's so alarming to have something like that. Thankfully, Facebook is doing its job to protect the users.



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jpk0007

Well, that is very true, if someone uses your work without your permission and also doesn't give you the credit for your work, then it will obviously be very irritating, to say the least. Even if I am not a professional photographer, I won't like anyone to steal my pictures and post them as there own. I will definitely try and warn the person and take all the possible actions that I can to prohibit him from doing it



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Steve5

I know what you mean. A similar thing happens with writers. They often get their work stolen by other people. But it's hard and troublesome to chase after the person who did it.

That's why their best defense is to have people who know their writing. Because people will know that it belongs to the owner since they recognize their work.



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Steve5

I would probably just let it be. The only exception would be if the picture meant a lot to me. We can't really avoid plagiarism on the internet. The best way to prevent it is for you to have your own followers who know the truth. That way, they'll back you up and defend you if someone tries to claim your work.



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jpk0007

Well, I think that it's better to curb such abuse on the first instance. Most of the times if you don't take any action against such persons they will get used to it. They will most probably do the same thing again and again if you ignore them. If these people get the impression that they would very easily be able to use your work without any punitive action from your side then its very likely that your work will be misrepresented and misused several times.



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Kakashi2020

It depends on the platform it was stolen from and posted into and if the one who stole it earned money from it. If it happened in Facebook then I'll report it immediately, doing that his post would be taken down or worst his account can even be banned.



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amelia88

I think all sites need to act in this manner if they know someone is misrepresenting themselves with fake photos or other fake info. Ultimately it’s identity theft. I’m really glad to hear that Facebook are so on top of it and will ban accounts if they know pictures are stolen from someone else.



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theresajane

Facebook is really commendable when it comes to issues like this. It's not that burdensome to report a user or a post, and they are not that slow in their actions.



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esteban123

If I see someone that would use my photo without my consent is that I would surely react because I don't want that my photo will be used for illegal activities because we will never know on what would be the intention of some people that would be stealing our photos if it will be used for money making purposes or just used it for illegal crimes. I don't want to loose some privacy especially on my photos since some people are making fun of other photos in the social media to destroy the image and reputation of others which is not really good.



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theresajane

We should always take precautionary measures. It's not good to be lax about seeing yourself somewhere else without your consent. We should, by all means, report to the administrators or talk to the one who used your photo.



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cmoneyspinner

It depends. In life, you need to choose your battles. Even though something is not right, it's not always worth arguing, fussing and fighting. Just suffer the wrong and move on. So if someone used my photo without my permission and linked it to lies, to the point that it's destroying my good reputation and/or placing me in harm's way … I'm going to have to put on my boxing gloves, jump in the ring, and start swinging.



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KIRZZ

It's not that big deal for me if someone posted my photo without my permission, but it will be nice if that someone will give you proper credit. It is irritating if they will just post something and act as if they are the rightful owner of the photo just for fame or trend. If that happens then i'll probably just let it be, knowing it can't do harm to me or others.



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mcnasci24

Exactly! If they posted it, they can correct themselves later by crediting the person who took the original photo and there's no harm done.



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ajahcuizon

I agree. It will not be that hard to give credits to the person who own the picture, it is also a sign of respect. I also agree that as long as it will not bring harm to me, I could just let it go. But I hope that the person who stole my photo could give some explanation for doing it, apologizing would be enough.



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emiaj55

As long as they didn't edit it in ways that could cause one's reputation then I think I'd be OK. I could still go as far as funny not offending memes. But If my photos would be used in propagandas then I would really sue. Especially since I like to take pictures of real time events that may be related to politics.



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esteban123

Yes you are right in that and I really agree with you, It is fine to take our photos without our consent as long as the purpose is good and not for wrong doings that might put our reputation at risks because it would really be a serious issue if it was used to solicit unlawful acts. I would definitely make a move if I saw that my pictures are used to intentionally scam or solicit money from other people since it is not already tolerable.



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mdayrit

This happened to me once.I take photos of items that I sell online. There was this seller who used my photo for her ad of the same item that she was selling. What I did is I sent her a message that I am aware that she is using my photo and would appreciate if she will inform me first if she needs to grab one. I did not message her so she can give credits to me but I think it is just right to inform me as a respect because I spent time taking those photos and making sure they are appealing enough for my followers to buy.



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amelia88

I think that's what it comes down to - respect. Anyone who steals someone else's pictures without asking for consent first is both not respecting a person and violating their privacy. I know that if you put pictures on the internet then the risk is there that people can/will steal them, but I don't think most of us would even dream of using someone's picture without asking for permission first.



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emiaj55

This is true. A lot of people in the internet would always look for good photos to grab without thinking that those good photos where given much time and effort by the creators. It is just the culture and it is so frustrating sometimes. But as there is no way to keep that from happening, all we could do in the end is move on. But the question is always, what if the other person scam buyers online using your picture? and then when they see your picture, which was in fact the original one, they would already assume that you are also a scammer and there goes your reputation.



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Judas2018

Anyone who steals a personal photo of another human and uses it for their own social media is normally up to no good. They're 'cat-fishing' people for a variety of reasons. Could be love related, go-fund-me scam related, etc. Either way, this is why people shouldn't post too many pics of themselves online. You're pretty much organizing an 'all you can eat buffet' for folks like this.



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amelia88

I've often read of these kind of things, where someone steals an attractive person's picture online and pretends to be them - all for the purpose of getting someone to fall in love with them online. Once that happens they then ask for money to be transferred to their account.

I think like you said, any time someone steals a photo of a person, there's something shady/suspicious bound to happen from it.



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Judas2018

Yeah, I've heard of this scam. It normally starts with the person using the fake image to scam money to buy things, go on vacations, etc. Then they vanish and leave the scammed party heartbroken. In some cases, they scam money for a 'surgery' by faking a severe health issue or terminal illness or something. People do this with gofundmes also.



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stbrians

Sound advice is this. I never post many of my photos online. It is not good for these wolves to plague on innocent people.



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sonnyisabeast

"Bad publicity is still publicity" I guess that works differently when it comes to photographs. It is especially bad if you were never credited for your photo. In terms of your own picture, I'd say it depends on whethere I look decent, it doesn't matter if I look funny, as long as it's decent-looking. The place it is posted would be a big deal too. I wouldn' want to be the model of seomthing I do not believe in.



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Janie1994

I am not a professional photographer, however I work with many of them for my job. If we were to use a photo without their explicit permission or without the copyright showing that it belonged to them, my company would get into a lot of legal trouble. If your friend has his photos copyrighted then whomever used his photo could potentially face legal consequences if the photo-user is in anyway making money off the photo. Also, no photographer should work for free or have his work shared for free without their permission.

For you personally, and other amateur photographers, no one should ever use or share your photo without your permission. It does not matter if you are not a professional, you took the photo and therefore, it legally belongs to you (it's why news outlets have to ask for permission before using people's photos during natural disasters, protests, what have you). Also don't undervalue your worth!! Anything and everything you do that has potential economic consequences should be considered, what if someone uses your photo and makes a lot of money of it and you had allowed them to use your photo without giving the proper credits?



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DenisP

I’m not even close to being a professional photographer, since I’m just an amateur hobbyist. I’d personally consider the photos I take to be above average, but I definitely wouldn’t consider them to be anything worth monetizing or selling. I don’t really have a brand, copyright, or image to maintain, so someone using my photos would honestly just be flattering.

I don’t even care about being credited, since I’d get nothing out of the credit to begin with. I’m just pursuing photography as a hobby and wouldn’t ever really consider making a career out of it. I considered it at one point, but I’m on a different path in my life now.



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EfficientNinja

I would report the one who used my image without my consent even if I am no professional photographer. It doesn't matter much that I am not a professional photographer because they still used the image without consent and these bad habits should not be tolerated. Everyone should always ask for permission whenever they're going to use someone else's pictures, especially if they're going to do it for profit.



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Judas2018

Very true. We own very few things in this life, but one of the things we do own is our 'identity.' Which is given to us upon birth. To have that snatched, stolen, or tampered with is really unnerving and infuriating.



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jayjaydimson

For example, I caught the person who is using my phone on social media like Facebook, I will report it immediately to Facebook so that it can ban that account.



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Judas2018

You should also involve the authorities. That way, the person can never do it to anyone else.



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Steve5

It's important to let them know as soon as possible. That way, they can take precautionary measures against them before it's too late. I don't like putting important stuff online. So I feel more secure even with the possibility of others using our data.



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ajahcuizon

I would probably send a private message first to the person who used my photo and ask him if he had my consent and why did he didn't ask permission from me. If he gave me an acceptable reason, I would just ask him to put credits for me in that photo. But if he didn't gave an acceptable reason, I could report him to the authorities of that website to do the necessary action because for me, it is like stealing someone's belongings.



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romyter013

For me, if you post something and its not in private mode, its considered that you let the net see it in public and free. Specially in social media, these is the common thing we see everyday. When I post something, I make sure its not public but selected family and friends only can view my pictures.



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mhingnhormz

If that will happen to me first thing i will do is to approach her/him what is that for. If his/her intention is not bad then thats okie just give some advice for not making a scene. But, if the reason is worst than I think then i will make an action on that. I will ask a help to the right person to make him/her penalized.



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NerdIndeed

We are practically on the same boat, I'm not a professional photographer myself, so if someone used my photo, I'd be okay with it. But if you do take pictures for a living, I'm sure that would be a different story.



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Judas2018

Many photographers have resorted to watermarking or branding their images just to prevent this sort of theft.



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NerdIndeed

Oh really? Yeah, I guess watermarking could work. But if someone utterly liked your photo, and is out to get it, he'll do anything to take ownership. Photoshop is handy during these instances.



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Bravosi

Hey there!

I would've gotten angry, I hate when people do something with my consent.
To be honest with you, I even removed myself from being tagged on social media. Even if it's just a regular photo, without any harm in it.

Don't know why, it must be something psychological. What will you do if someone used your photo without your consent?



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MomoStarr16

It is a very disrespectful thing if you ask me. It is not a right thing to do especially when you have to post it. I will immediately report that person.



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kaushikangara

I would not feel good. Copyright infringements would be in full force if you end up using other's photographs without their consent. If it is a personal photograph then there are high chances of it getting misused so we should be extra careful when posting photographs on social media sites and on the Internet.



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rose61

So long as the you contact me before using my photo,there's no problem. But being made aware when it has already happened is not fair.We all need some privacy.



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rlpzbeermoney

I'd require people to at least mention my name or social media handle if someone used my photos without consent. Not even a cash payment like what the big companies on Facebook does when they want to feature your content on their pages. Just a quick acknowledgement that it's mine. Though if they don't want to follow, I have no power against it because you can't get back what's stolen. I'm only relying on people's morality.



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gutzman

I'm sad to know that it really happens even to visual artists aside from photographers. I also believe that you don't need to be a professional to get a proper credit. Everybody has his right to have this especially at times when your work was used for other's benefit. That is unrespectful for the owner of not giving a credit. I would do the same way as he did even though I'm not a professional.



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knnon

Was the photo in some way used to earn money? Or was it used for personal reasons? Did the Facebook user took credit for the shot? I agree that using a photo without consent can cause a lot of issues for the owner of the picture. Your friend did the right thing by contacting the other person. This happens a lot, especially with famous people and their photos. That's just something we can't avoid but as long as they don't take the credit for it then I think it can be a form of flattery. What will you do if someone used your photo without your consent?



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esteban123

I think that if my photos would be taken without my consent I would surely make a reaction for that especially if they will be using my photos for earning purposes since it is not for sale. I want it to be private as much as possible because my photos are seems to be precious and important to me.



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teremisuu

Your friend did the right thing of messaging this person and asking him to give proper credits. For me, it doesn't matter if you are a professional photographer or not. All professional photographers start small, and the bottomline is that your friend was the one who owned the camera and who took the photo. No effort was done by the person who posted on Facebook. The latter therefore had no right whatsoever on the photo.

Posting on social media is pretty risky nowadays especially that things can be copied and downloaded easily. Suing a person is another situation, either, as this can be expensive and exhausting. What we can do is to communicate to the plagiarist properly and them learn that they have made a mistake and that it is never okay to plagiarize.



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jessie271

Of course, I will not be happy about it. If someone would want to use my photo, it should be for important purposes and they should ask for my permission first where and why they will use it. Photo is personal.



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burgosmichael24

Sometimes those actions are tolerable but sometimes it is not. To avoid those kinds of conflicts, you can put a watermark or siganture in your photos especially if you use those photos for business purposes.



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Alania

I'll obviously get very angry, I hate when things are done without my consent. No matter who it is. For example, I wouldn't mind if my family members used it, moreover, I'd even inspire them. But they have to let me know. Those are the basics of morals, and we human beings should respect each other and treat honestly.



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Enyi

I think there's law already in place against people that perpetrate this act. I read online of a lady that was sued for using another photo without giving the original owner the credit due. I believe this is the right thing to do to mitigate aganist this. People should be taught how to desist from this.



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