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500, safer than Flickr?

Published July 19th, 2011

So until recently i stopped blogging and uploading my photos. Why? Well i had started up a flickr page a while ago to try and get a bit extra exposure when i got a message on Twitter from a kind soul telling me they loved my website and thought they had seen some of my photos on Tumblr…..

Anyway, long story short.. i googled and it appeared that someone had ripped off photos that i had done in 2009, and when i say ripped off i mean they were copied down to the title, the way the figures were positioned, the composition, the lighting: and naturally he had a lot of praise from his followers on there! Three photos were identical and shot a whole year and a half after mine AND it appeared he had done the same to other photographers too.

Thankfully they were from a small project i had started and rapidly stopped doing because i thought they werent original, so he can have them: the new stuff i do, i personally prefer and is a little more unique but at the time i pulled all work off all websites….. except my own.

My work is gradually selling/gaining interest…..without the help of Flickr…. and while it might only be intellectual property theft, the gift of creativity is the biggest of all and one im not happy about losing out to someone who doesnt have their own ideas and thoughts.

So when i saw 500 on a fellow photographers facebook page it looked like a bit more of a "photographers" world rather than Flickr (which ive never liked anyway-layout, design-its fussy etc) so heres hoping.....

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