Plagiarism Applied: “In 2013 my most popular article (by some distance) was the story of how my most successful image was plagiarised in a rather unusual way; a photographer had recreated the image from scratch. It seemed to me to be a bit of a grey area and I was unsure where I stood legally. The photographer hadn’t stolen my image and wasn’t selling his recreation, but he had stolen my idea and that is intellectual property theft.” - By Robert Baggs, "A Guide to Plagiarism and Theft in Photography" www.acufocal.com
Jay Cassario, www.slrlounge.com
- Do not copy another photographer’s work with the intent to make your work look similar.
- Early in your career, don’t be afraid to copy another photographer’s work with the intent to learn from it.
- Give credit to whomever took the original images that inspired you.
- You can find ways to push yourself technically, reinvigorate your own creativity.
- Don’t use another photographer’s images to try and claim as your own. Ever.
- Always give credit where it is due.
'One of the most famous and well known artists in our history, Pablo Picasso, was known for his originality in his work. He was also the artist that once said, “Good artists copy, but great artists steal.” Wait, what?!?' - Jay Cassario, www.slrlounge.com
Google Image Search
Technology today is fascinating. You're able to check your images online for similar compositions, lighting, and subject matter.
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A watermark is a way of adding an opaque layer with a graphic or logo on to your images so that people who try to repost your images have no choice but to credit you (because your logo is smeared all over the image). There is some controversy though about adding watermarks.
- Small watermarks in a corner are easy for someone to crop out.
- Big watermarks across the image limit people's willingness to share your content online (tradeoff).