The Scourge Of Online Image Theft [Infographic]

From clickbait articles, to generated memes, to personal Pinterest accounts, image theft is everywhere. Whether we like it or not, an internet connection has made the business of stolen content a lucrative one. So how do content creators and photographers protect their work when Google image search is just a click away? 

For many artists and photographers, a watermark is one of the best ways to avoid theft. A symbol, signature, or logo, overlaying the image in question is often enough to deter a would be thief as not everyone has the time or skills to edit a watermark out. Nearly 90% of photographers had watermarked images stolen in 2016, and almost 70% had those watermarks removed. 

Just because you find an image on Google, doesn’t mean it belongs to you. Take a look at this infographic for more on the business of stolen images and how you can protect yourself, and your content, from theft.

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Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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