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We all, as a whole need to start being more vigilant. So I’m really glad to see you on board 🙂 So many outed thieves on the Photostealers blog have belonged to noted photography associations in the world. So far the PPA currently wins the race. One of the latest is sponsored by Fuji. http://stopstealingphotos.com/fay-andrea-london-england-united-kingdom/#more-5802
How did that happen?! Why didn’t they look first?! Just a quick online scan would have revealed that they were stealing from others. They need to spend a little time vetting their new member applications to be sure they’re on the up and up. Quality control would be next to impossible in organizations like the PPA, but it wouldn’t take much to deny copyright infringers and ban them from ever being a member of their organization. (I’ll take the job. I’d love to send out those rejection letters) I realize that scammy fauxtographer’s money spends well too, but allowing this kind of crap will end up bitting you in the ass, and the problem isn’t shrinking, it’s growing. I think this happens because photographers think like photographers and attempting to run a business off of other photographer’s hard work, is furthest thing from their minds. We all have that understanding because we care about what we do, and respect others who do what we do and excel at it. But, there’s a whole Chuck load of people out there that don’t feel the same. They don’t think like photographers because they haven’t invested themselves. They just think it’s an easy way to make a few bucks. They treat professional photography like its Amway, Avon, pampered chef… or they just think their work is more important than anyone else’s?
We aren’t a forum where a membership is required. Those that are, need to start screening their new members, and since we aren’t in a position to screen, it’s up to us as commenters to try to put a stop to this behavior. I think (or at least I hope, because I’ve seen a lot here) we run into more infringement, plagiarism, and general dishonesty than most forums/groups/organizations do, given the general topic of discussion here and the people it attracts.
Hey! It may not be armed robbery, or murder, and not matter too much in the grand scheme of things, but… A photographer (or should I say someone who claims to be a photographer) who commits copyright infringement, or even purchases stock to market their business… Well it’s the lowest thing any photographer could ever do. It’s despicable!!
(Jumps off soap box, and quits rambling). I’m preaching to the choir over here lol I know you all get it, ugh! I just get so angry about it