iStockphoto’s user vulcanacar = Photo Thief
_rebekka, one of Flickr’s most popular users, is out with a photo post today of a screenshot where some user named vulcanacar is selling some of her photos on iStockphoto.
From _rebekka: “I thought i’d bring this to light as a warning and wake up call to folks. I’m not putting the blame with iStockphoto per se, but still, this is a problem that is becoming increasingly annoying, for everyone that uses the internet to showcase work. I mean for crying out loud, out of 31 images this particular user has on his “portfolio” , 25 of them are mine, and at least 3 are of me..
I have contacted a copyright lawyer about this, and will be doing what i can to tackle this problem in the best way possible, (please, nobody start sending any angry letters or anything of that sort, this needs to be dealt with in a level-headed way) but i wanted to tell people about this as well, because this is always happening, and your photos could be on there illegally as well. You never know.”
iStockphoto of course is owned by Getty Images, the largest provider of stock photography in the world. It will be interesting to see how their lawyers handle this one.