How is it wrong to steal photos or use ones you “find” on Google?

How is it wrong to steal photos? It’s like stealing a magazine from a newsagents or plagiarising a friends essay in university. The creator gets no money because you didn’t put in any effort to make the photographs yourself, and you did not have permission. Not getting permission makes you the bad egg in the box. There are many photographers and websites dedicated to stopping image theft because it is wrong, like Who Is Hosting This (Image Theft). Not convinced?

I found this wonderful video on PetaPixel.Com about a photographer, Renee Robyn, who spends literally hours and hours to create one, single, composite photograph. The video shows the struggle she has experienced after an accident, and then her passion for her art. I couldn’t help but see a second perspective to the video, and this is it: You might spend hours and hours at a desk in an office, and you get paid for it. She spends hours and hours at a desk, and I people who use her beautiful images pay her for it. Please don’t steal photos, find the original photographer or look up a stock agency. If you want to use my photos without paying, here’s how you can do it, Free Stock Images (but there’s a catch).

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