Over the past two decades, technology has really blown up and changed our entire way of living! It’s become our primary way to research information, keep in touch with friends and family, and has been a great way for photographers to showcase their hard work to clients.
Unfortunately, it also has huge downsides.
It is becoming more and more common for people to screen capture with their mobile device or cameras or download professional photos illegally. Aside from this being copyright right infringement (per Federal Copyright Act of 1976) which could lead to prosecution, stealing of photos is robbing photographers like myself of a paycheck. A legit photography business obtains most, if not all, of their income through photography. It’s how a mortgage is paid, food is put on the table, electricity stays on…it’s how we survive. When a photo is stolen, it’s no different than if someone were to steal a tv from Target. Both are criminal acts and can result in huge financial penalties and attorney fees. In the end, it’s totally not worth stealing from anywhere!
Have you ever screen printed or snapped a picture of a professional photo with your cell? Uploaded a photo onto your Instagram (or other social media/editing software) account and added a filter? Cropped/edited out a watermark?If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, you’ve broken the law. Photographers work really hard to provide you with memories you’ll be able to pass down for generations. Please respect them and the law by purchasing the photos you wish to have.