I became familiar with PhotoStealers when I got a pingback on an old portrait session of a long time client. The link took me to the PhotoStealers’ website informing me that another photographer had cropped out my photo and was using it on her website as her own. As I scrolled through pages and pages of the PhotoStealers.com website, I was in shock and awe that 1) people would stoop so low as to steal someone’s work and 2) that the person who runs PhotoStealers, a photographer named Corey Ann, had dedicated so much time and effort to track down these people. Each entry had documented screenshots, linkbacks to the original photos and in many cases, the reaction from the accused. Supported only through funds and ads, Corey Ann’s passion was to track down “fauxtographers,” as she calls them.
It was destined to happen in this lawsuit happy world, and now, Corey Ann is facing an impending lawsuit from someone she called out on the site. At the same time, Corey Ann is dealing with another photographer she featured who had been stealing Corey’s own work. This photographer has been trying to take down the PhotoStealers site by hiring hackers and leaving negative reviews, posing as a former client. Corey Ann is gearing up to file a lawsuit of her own. She has set up a GoFundMe account to raise money to keep the site going and to pay for impending legal fees.
In just a few hours and at the writing of this post, 83% of the goal had been met. If you are interested in donating, you can check out her GoFundMe page here. If you have a few hours and want to catch up on the extensive story of the battle between PhotoStealers and the plaintiff, with screenshots, check out this site that documents the timeline of events.
[Thanks Chris for the tip!]