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06/11/2006 04:17:38 PM · #1
My girlfriend found this picture I took of her for the tacks challenge here on dpchallenge.com on smugmug.com

Here is the link to the stolen picture:
Stolen Picture on SmugMug

Here is the picture I took for dpchallenge.com
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/331/thumb/166964.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/331/thumb/166964.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Just wanted to let you know. Perhaps you can find some of your picture in the portfolio because he seems to be stealing alot of pictures!

I've sent the site administrator an e-mail demanding that they close that photographers account.
06/11/2006 04:20:31 PM · #2
none of the original sizes are large showing that they may be taking many of them.

just noticed that one of them has a copyright for someone other than them, alos found one of kiwiness' i think and one from national geographic.

Message edited by author 2006-06-11 16:23:30.
06/11/2006 04:22:02 PM · #3
Not that this excuses anything but it looks like he's just collecting portraits that he likes. I'm guessing he didn't photograph Einstein or Robert Redford either. Not to mention that a bunch are watermarked to stock agencies.

Actually, his whole portfolio seems to be full of things he didn't photograph/paint/print, etc. Weird.

Message edited by author 2006-06-11 16:28:33.
06/11/2006 04:29:46 PM · #4
Originally posted by mk:

Not that this excuses anything but it looks like he's just collecting portraits that he likes. I'm guessing he didn't photograph Einstein or Robert Redford either. Not to mention that a bunch are watermarked to stock agencies.

Actually, his whole portfolio seems to be full of things he didn't photograph/paint/print, etc. Weird.


I would second this...
06/11/2006 04:38:09 PM · #5
Yes...some of the images have the copyright on them and it is plain obvious that majority are not his...but regardless, I checked it out and he has got them all for sale.
06/11/2006 04:38:32 PM · #6
Look Closer. They are for sale! mostly 4x6 size.
06/11/2006 04:49:42 PM · #7
They seem to have strict copyright terms in their terms and conditions so how come he can have magazine covers, pics works of art, posters and from the shots appears to have roamed the earth, and he is allowed to sell them - at any size?
P
06/11/2006 04:54:19 PM · #8
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06/11/2006 04:56:30 PM · #9
I don't think he has the rights to any of these, either:
//pic.smugmug.com/gallery/224607
06/11/2006 05:00:25 PM · #10
Well as an overall summary..you might be interested in this link.

Becksteads galleries
06/11/2006 05:01:08 PM · #11
Guess "he" is a "she"...beckstead married private patterson?
//pic.smugmug.com/gallery/228536/2/9543518
06/11/2006 05:02:23 PM · #12
Originally posted by KaDi:

I don't think he has the rights to any of these, either:
//pic.smugmug.com/gallery/224607


he's obviously roamed space as well as the Earth! I know - he works for NASA!

Can anyone explain how he can do this??

06/11/2006 05:06:27 PM · #13
Originally posted by Riponlady:

Originally posted by KaDi:

I don't think he has the rights to any of these, either:
//pic.smugmug.com/gallery/224607


he's obviously roamed space as well as the Earth! I know - he works for NASA!

Can anyone explain how he can do this??


The same way anyone can take things and put them up in a gallery until they're caught.
06/11/2006 05:12:49 PM · #14
And this one is by Elliot Erwitt - and what's more, in it are some of magnum's most famous photographers; at least four other of the black-and-whites are by Erwitt too.
06/11/2006 05:16:24 PM · #15
Once smugmug investigates I am sure they will remove this guys gallery.
06/11/2006 05:17:34 PM · #16
Originally posted by harmsusmc:

Originally posted by mk:

Not that this excuses anything but it looks like he's just collecting portraits that he likes. I'm guessing he didn't photograph Einstein or Robert Redford either. Not to mention that a bunch are watermarked to stock agencies.

Actually, his whole portfolio seems to be full of things he didn't photograph/paint/print, etc. Weird.


I would second this...


Looks like the person is using Smugmug to link for a blog.
06/11/2006 05:56:05 PM · #17
I saw quite a few in many galleries that originated from DPC challenges. Problem is I know they originated here but cannot find them here - don't know the photog.
06/11/2006 06:44:02 PM · #18
Originally posted by mk:

Not that this excuses anything but it looks like he's just collecting portraits that he likes. {snip}


Nope. He's selling it.
06/11/2006 06:52:46 PM · #19
I don't think he's Norman Rockwell either... I left a message on the Norman Rockwell site, with the address and that it appears hes selling them also ..

//pic.smugmug.com/gallery/640129
06/11/2006 06:53:03 PM · #20
I'm not familiar with SmugMug. Do you actually have to enable selling for each photo or is it something that's automatically on? The ones I checked looked like they were just set at base prices. Just seems odd that someone would intentionally be trying to sell something with a big fat watermark over it.
06/11/2006 07:00:19 PM · #21
Originally posted by mk:

I'm not familiar with SmugMug. Do you actually have to enable selling for each photo or is it something that's automatically on? The ones I checked looked like they were just set at base prices. Just seems odd that someone would intentionally be trying to sell something with a big fat watermark over it.


By default, you can sell the pictures. You have to go and manually change to not make photos available to sell. At least, that's how it is with my account
06/11/2006 07:06:23 PM · #22
I see a few in this portfolio that this person has stolen from DPC

Message edited by author 2006-06-11 19:07:44.
06/11/2006 07:30:54 PM · #23
I will drop a note to the smugmug people.

He looks like he might be a middle school teacher....which might explain the wide variety....but he should not be selling them.

I have a smugmug site and will visit the admins at digitalgrin.

Barry
06/11/2006 07:50:19 PM · #24
This one... I know it's familiar
and this one

06/11/2006 07:56:58 PM · #25
Originally posted by pidge:

Originally posted by mk:

I'm not familiar with SmugMug. Do you actually have to enable selling for each photo or is it something that's automatically on? The ones I checked looked like they were just set at base prices. Just seems odd that someone would intentionally be trying to sell something with a big fat watermark over it.


By default, you can sell the pictures. You have to go and manually change to not make photos available to sell. At least, that's how it is with my account

This suggests the user may not even be aware the photos are for sale ... and it is -- if you pardon the language -- a stupid way to have the default setting.
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