Live and learn. Some people have to learn the hard way. Just always assume that you are being watched and are a target for a scamming criminal. And not only with pictures, but watch what you say and write, too. The internet is not private.
If someone used a picture of me for fraudulent purposes, therefore making me look bad, of course I would be upset. Would I be surprised? Of course not! It's a large part of the reason I don't post many pictures of myself, and why I shut down my facebook account. I don't want my pictures out there, for anyone to see, to do whatever they want with it. I don't trust the privacy settings enough to be OK with having pictures all over the place. Even with the settings, I always wonder, as often as they change, if I were to leave the site without removing everything first and the settings changed, would I be at risk then? I'm just not comfortable with it, over all. I think if you don't want your pictures 'stolen', don't post them all over the internet.
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1,065 8/9/13 9:01 A
I agree with this: "I think there is no expectation of privacy or exclusive rights to any material posted on the internet, even if they are technically covered by copyrights or whatever."
I don't mind putting pictures of myself here, or on facebook or whatever, and I have few privacy settings. Instead, I think, is there anybody in the world I would not want to see (or know) something that I am posting? If the answer is yes, I don't post it.
Now, I would be upset if somebody used a picture of me in a fraudulent way because, well, that is fraudulent. It is not something I am going to lose any sleep over. I will continue posting and sharing what I feel like posting and sharing on the Internet.
8/9/13 8:23 A
It's too bad people misuse the internet. I don't waste my time worrying over it though.
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11,328 8/9/13 12:30 A
Hopefully people ask permission first. You never know!!!!
There was a scam diet that made a regular practice of stealing progress photos from Spark People! I'm pretty sure they got shut down, but yes, you definitely have to think about what you post. You also have to be VERY wary of pictures on the internet-- never assume that a photo really belongs to the site it's on.
Although I have to say, while I've heard of people using someone else's photo on a dating site, I don't understand what that's supposed to achieve. If you're on a dating site, presumably you hope to meet people in real life at some point, in which case they instantly know you lied. Is there *anybody* who wouldn't be furious to find out that they'd been lured with a fake photo?
In a world where most people own cell phones they can use to video record and take pictures, I feel like Big Brother just became Brave New World. You never know when and where....and if it will be used against you
@GD2: LOL! Thanks! But the scenarios are just that; a made up story.
But this topic started when I got thinking about female models who's photos get posted online and THEN what!? You can photo shop just about anything onto an image and what was originally a lingerie photo shoot is now a latex wearing sexpot!
Yeah, I WISH women were stealing my photos....
8/8/13 5:04 P
"I would have NO IDEA that that's being done, right?"
Google has an image search function. So you could image-search your various images, and see if they crop up anywhere you wouldn't expect to see them....
Not sure what recourse one might have, though, in a situation like what you describe!
Heck with Warhol's "Fifteen minute" - I want to be a meme! ha ha ha ha ha aspirations for a new millennium.
Personally I think even an innocent use of a photo is wrong but as the others have said you really have no control.
I watched the TV show Catfish about online dating and the scams they uncover. They always drop the person's photo into Google image and search for places and names that use the photo. Perhaps you can try that to see where your photos are being used.
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8/8/13 4:19 P
This is why photographers put watermarks on the photos they post online that are for sale. There are even ways to code a website such that trying to screenshot a photo will turn out a garbled mess. So there are ways to prevent people from taking your photos without your consent, but none are readily available.
That being said, there are no photos of me on the internet (attached to my name or otherwise) that I would be ashamed to show my maiden aunt. Like Icedmeter said, the second something goes up online, you lose all control over it and therefore you have to post accordingly.
I don't believe that it's reasonable to put anything on line, whether writing or photos, and expect to maintain privacy and/or "rights" to it. While there may be laws against it, not to mention personal morals and ethics, there's just too much to be adequately policed. I think that you have to go in with the expectation that anything that you throw out on the 'net is then entirely out of your control.
Would your first scenario annoy me? Yup. Would it surprise me? Well, yeah, but only because I'd really have to question the intelligence of someone who would choose to steal my photo over so many others
As for your second scenario, I would hope that the person would ask permission first, but I wouldn't be as annoyed about it (hey, it's flattering, right?!).
In either case, though, I guess I would feel that it's on my shoulders that I put something essentially in to the public domain. If something like this is going to bother me, or impact on my life, then it's up to me to not put it out there in the first place.
I personally won't post photos other than landscapes on line, I don't write anything that I would prefer to keep private, and, as far as I know, I have nothing at all listed on line with my real identity. I like the fact that a search for me comes up empty...
Hypothetical scenario: An SP friend of mine right clicks on one of my photos in my gallery and saves it onto their computer. They then use it to set up a phony account somewhere (let's say a dating website) and uses that account for no good (whatever that means).
I would have NO IDEA that that's being done, right?
How would you feel if you knew someone was using a progress photo of you for another purpose, even an innocent one like making an e-motivational poster for themselves.
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