Photographer steals pictures for his “portfolio,” then brags about it
posted Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:41 PM EDT
Sadly, stealing other people's work is all too commonplace these days -- especially on the internet -- where it's easy to just grab something and promote it as your own. As it so happened recently when a student was caught submitting stolen photographs to various contests all over the world (wide web). But it's not only individuals who steal. Sometimes, even media outlets -- who, one would assume, know the difference between 'mine' and 'yours' -- are infringing on other people's copyrights.
The latest story of intellectual property theft is even more concerning, as apperently the thief not only fails to acknowledge the fact that he has been stealing, he also justifies his actions as a means of "biz." A photographer that goes by the alias 'jwarstyle' has been caught stealing wedding photos from established professionals. His intention, apparently, was to establish himself as a wedding photographer.
So, for him, the reasonable approach apparently was to steal the work of others and show it off as his own, probably in order to attract potential customers for his business. As if that wasn't bad enough already, when exposed, he immediately switched into defensive mode, claiming his theft was a business act, and even going so far as to label the proprietor of the stolen work a "douchebag."
(via DIY Photography)