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There is no helping people who don’t want help.  I know the type, I think we all do.  One time on a different outing type site, I had a tog investigated for fraud and copy right infringement.  She was clearly using another togs photos as her own, and it was proven, and outted in a public forum.  She was defensive and nasty, and insisted she wasn’t breaking any laws.  That the pictures were used for posing ideas for clients only and she had purchased copy rights for all of them for that purpose, and she would NOT take them down.  You would not believe the amount of “photographers” (and I use the term loosely) that came to her defense “She’s new at this, and didn’t know what she was doing was wrong, or against the law”.  I got called names, and emailed nasty emails.  I was told I was mean, and spiteful for having her investigated, and talking about it publicly.  (The site got reported by all of them, and it was taken down because of all the complaints).  She eventually jumped their bandwagon and said “Yeah, if you had just contacted me privately, I would have gladly taken the images down”.  REALLY!?  But you wouldn’t when over a dozen photographers in a public forum asked and pleaded for you to?  It’s frustrating, and infuriating.  Here we are working are pants off, and giving it our all, and there they are just being so flippant about something that is so important to us.  But, it’s not important to them, like it is for us.  There’s no changing that.  They are not photographers, and eventually they will tire of pretending they are, they always do.  Fact is, you tried.  Keep reaching out to people, and even if you only “help” or “get through” to one person, you’ve made a difference.  Don’t give up, just let this one go.  No sense beating a dead horse.  Try not to take what she is doing personally.  She has no idea that she is hurting you or what you care so deeply about, and will never see that she is, but she will eventually grow tired.  That you can count on