Photographers: We Should Start Calling Photo Theft as “Piracy of Images”

I genuinely believe that as a photography community, we need to redefine the idea of photo theft. The inference from this comes from a nearly 10 year blog post about copying and piracy. Both the music and video industries have far more money than us as photographers and have been able to figure out a way to stand up for their rights in order to get more money and have the issues they want policed thoroughly.

Couple Stole $1.2M Worth of Cameras and Electronics from Amazon

An Indiana couple has admitted to stealing over $1.2 million worth of cameras and other electronics from Amazon. The US Department of Justice announced today that husband and wife Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. The couple […]

3 Ways to Find Your Stolen Photos on the Web

If you’re posting your images online with any sort of regularity, they’re probably being stolen from time to time—it’s an unfortunate reality of the digital age. And so, photographer Anthony Morganti decided to create this video and share 3 basic ways to search for and find your stolen photos online. Morganti doesn’t break new ground […]

Photographer Finds Her Backup Drives Stolen on Christmas Eve

Christmas is often called “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for one Canadian photographer, this year’s holiday season has been anything but. On Christmas Eve, Johany Jutras returned home and found that burglars had stolen her precious backup hard drives and photo archives.

5 Tips for Music Photographers to Stay Safe at Festivals

Strapping thousands of dollars of camera gear to your body and navigating large crowds of intoxicated fans can present unique risks to professional music photographers. Never is that risk greater than at music festivals.


How I Had Over $5,000 in Camera Gear Stolen Through Fat Llama

I use Fat Llama to loan out some of my photography gear when not in use, and I’ve been very happy with the extra beer money. Well… up until last week, that is, as my camera kit was stolen! Let’s rewind a bit and go through exactly what happened, how I was dealt with by […]

When Someone Copies Your Photo for Commercial Purposes…

At what point does something go beyond inspiration? Edward McGowan is a California based photographer who has an interesting situation in his hands. Back in 2011, McGowan shot this photo that has since become quite popular (You can also see it on Flickr here): McGowan seen his fair share of people trying to steal it […]

The State of Photo Theft in 2016

The folks over at the image tracking service Pixsy have released an infographic about the state of photo theft in 2016. As 64% of you have personally experienced, photo theft remains a serious and widespread problem in our digital age.


Thieves Steal $100,000+ in Camera Gear from LA Studio

Thieves broke into a studio in Los Angeles this past weekend and, after spending just 6 minutes inside, made off with well over $100,000 in camera gear. Director and cinematographer Peter Cote tells PetaPixel that the two suspects entered the building early Sunday morning between midnight and 1 AM.

I Found All of My Stolen Camera Gear in the Nearest Pawn Shop

Do you ever wake up in the morning and just know that there’s something amiss? On Saturday, June 22nd, I woke up with a knot in my stomach as I realized I had left my camera outside in my truck. I wasn’t positive I’d locked the doors. I walked downstairs chanting my mantra “I’m sure […]

Thieves May Be Selling Your Photos on Shutterstock

While looking at my own images on Shutterstock, I noticed the Shutterstock algorithm was suggesting my photos as “similar” images. I thought it was a bug on the Shutterstock website until I noticed that others had downloaded my photos from other sites then uploaded them to Shutterstock.

Award-Winning Photographer Lisa Saad Accused of Stealing Photos

Lisa Saad is considered one of Australia’s top photographers and has won numerous prestigious photo contests both in her country and internationally. But Saad has now come under fire with serious accusations of stealing other people’s photos without credit for her prize-winning photos.

Man Can’t Explain Why Prize-Winning Photo is Identical to Another Photog’s

In September 2018, the Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus announced the winners of a #ShotonOnePlus photo contest in India to celebrate the best photos captured by its phone cameras. One of the winning shots was a shock to photographer Aman Bhargava: it looked strangely similar to a photo he had captured two years earlier on his […]

Watch Burglars Steal $50,000 in Cameras and Lenses in 53 Seconds

There has been a nationwide increase in camera store burglaries in recent years, and another one just occurred in Manchester, New Hampshire. The thieves made off with roughly $50,000 in cameras and lenses in less than a minute, and the entire thing was captured on camera.