While perusing the fine pages of adrants last week, I came across an interesting post on picture thievery. Apparently, this flickr pic of an attractive woman found its way onto the banner ad below promoting medical bills and coding degrees.
An isolated incident this is not. A quick googling produced the story of an aspiring model suing Apple and an app developer for using racy pics without her permission. Then there’s the mother who discovered a Chinese company was using a photo of her toddler to hawk baby clothes. And another mom who was surprised to find a Christmas card pic of her family plastered over a storefront in Prague.
What is up with this blatant pilfering? Can those on the far end of the decent human continuum really be so low as to burgle without fear of consequence? Do they assume they can lift images from personal blogs or facebook pages and think no one will notice? My google results sadly answer that.
As the number of photos uploaded to facebook continues to rise, it seems like the unscrupulous few have more material to pick and steal from. Aside from always uploading low-res or watermarked files, does anyone know of any other ways to stop all the hijacking?