Monday, May 14, 2007

Night Photographer Ripped Off

Thomas Hawk has a fascinating story about Icelandic photographer Rebekka Gu├░leifsd├│ttira (Flickr name _rebekka) who recently learned that some of her low-res photographs on Flickr were stolen, turned into prints, and then sold in a British store called Only-Dreemin.

(Photo by Rebekka Guoleifsdottira)

The store owners claim that they bought the images from someone who claimed to have been the photographer, but they won't reveal the alleged theif's name, and otherwise don't seem to be too apologetic about the whole incident. They're certainly not offering her any sort of compensation. Since Rebekka is a single mom and doesn't live in the U.K., she really doesn't have the means pursue this matter in court. Surprisingly, these giant posters were somehow made from 1200x800 pixel JPG's downloaded from her Flickr site.

The above shot was taken at 3AM under the Icelandic "night". It was not one of the images that was stolen, printed and sold without her permission. You can see the stolen images here.


Blogger David C. Pearson, M.D. said...

Her photos are really exceptional (IMHO). Lame that someone ripped them off.

7:01 PM  

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