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Four Bricks Tall
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Please don't like photos stolen from the original photographers.

When you like photos on accounts that repost without permission or proper credit, you devalue the original photographer and support the thief.

Protect our community and report stolen photos.

Here's an example of a photo reposted from a copyright violator's account. That's twice Brickexplorer was robbed!

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bricks_pt2
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This is a problem that affects toy photography and photography in general, and everyday that passes the problem goes bigger, and IG doesn't care about that, unless you pay for your posts.

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Foolish Bricks
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Lets make that three times.... this is also a copyright violator's account i found out about yesterday,

 

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Four Bricks Tall
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Exactly! That's what I was referring to when I said he was robbed twice. This account improperly credited that lego.terra account which improperly credited brickexplorer.

What pisses me off though is the numerous members of our community who I'm certain can easily recognize brickexplorer's work and yet support thieves by engaging positively with them.

WTF. Disappointing.

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blueberryhillsforever
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This is a real problem. I really don´t get it what´s going on in these minds. Why is someone creating an account only for stealing pics? Where is the honor gone? Can someone be happy about stolen likes? And sometimes it even seems like IG is honoring that behavior in their search function.. if I´m on the searching tab, such accounts are shown regularly instead of smaller accounts with origin pics.

So, I can only repeat: please don´t like them, don´t follow and let the real owner know

Take care, blueberryhillsforever

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NeonSpectres
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I agree. I normally follow the tags back to the original photographer's page and like it at source, if I'm pretty much certain it's genuine.

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Four Bricks Tall
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Foolish Bricks
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The ONLY way to go  ???? 

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Stephen's Toys
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And that is why I watermark my photos.

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davidgrafika
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Posted by: stephenstoys

And that is why I watermark my photos.

Watermark that can be removed, except if you put a full picture sized one, and then, no one will look at your work for it's more a watermark than a nice image.

each time I see a non credited picture from someone I know, the poster finds a message where I remind of the real author, and ask if he is aware of this...

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blueberryhillsforever
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Doing the same...

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sir_legoade
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I’m sure most of us have had our pictures stolen (once myself thus far) but sadly Brickexplorer will always be a main target. As @fourbrickstall has stated Brickexplorers work is easily identifiable so it’s easy to to spot these fakers but harder when it’s a lesser known Toy Photographer. 

As long as a community we highlight the fakers as and when hopefully as a community we can bring these accounts to a stop.

Not sure how people deal with the fake accounts, I at the moment block the accounts when one is identified. Informing the original photographer is important and was grateful for the person who let me know of the account who stole one of my picture. 

It is not a pleasant feeling but I’m aware this will continue to happen and will try to keep a look out for potential pic stealers.

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Four Bricks Tall
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We can only report here.

Instagram makes people jump through hoops to report copyright violations by making you go to a form on a website outside of the app. In the form, you have to paste the URL to the offending photo which means you need to go back to the app and find it, copy the URL, go back to the web form, paste it, etc. People just quit when they have to go back to the app and come back.

Instagram could make it easier but obviously, they don't care enough. It's more users, engagement and stickiness for them.

In fact, if you repost the photo of the copyright violator to alert the community, you are then considered to be a bully and harrasser.

So I put the link here where Instagram can't overrule or punish me.

Also, I used to comment but that just counts as positive engagement and more visibility for the violator. I just take a screenshot, send it to the original photographer and then block the violators account. No heads up to the violator at all.

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Stephen's Toys
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* removed *

[MOD NOTE: Please create a separate topic so this one doesn't get derailed.]

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lego_and_life
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Totally agree, it really winds me up when you see an account blatantly stealing other people's images. I always comment why are they using other people's images it's not right.

Why can't insta remove them I wonder? 

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 Anonymous
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Is there a way to compile a list of accounts that regularly do this? I probably follow some, but I don't tend to dig unless i recognize something specific. How bout a Copyright Violator Topic thread? That might get a little nasty though... But it would be nice to have a list that new IG accounts can check out if they don't know the community too well.

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