Plagiarism of the Day

Aug 15, 2008 at 1:18
by Michael asdfsf  

This picture was awarded the honor of POD for today {8/15/2008}. No doubt, this is one of the best photos on the site. The composition is perfect, as is the lighting, not to mention the tasteful use of a fish-eye lens. It is apparent that whoever took the picture is a master of his craft and deserves full credit for his masterpiece... So why shouldn't this picture have been awarded the prestigious POD?

The uploader of this photo meant no harm; he saw a "killer pic" of Steve Romo and decided to share it with the Pinkbike community. While this in itself is perhaps excusable to a certain extent, it is still plagiarism. What is completely unacceptable is that this photo ended up becoming POD. The POD should be reserved for the amateur photographers out in Pinkbike-land that work hard to try and take unique and captivating photos and receive barely any recognition for their efforts.

Anyone can go on Google images, steal a bunch of "killer pics" and re-upload them here without accrediting the original source. There is no skill involved at all whatsoever in doing this and if one chooses to do it anyways, then they sure as hell don't deserve to get POD for it.

I'm not a photographer myself but I can only imagine what it would feel like watching as day after day, pictures stolen from other sites and publications wind up as the POD while the fruits of my labor remained hidden away in the far reaching corners of the server, never to be seen. It must be frustrating to the photographers knowing that while they are taking great photos with the talent and equipment available to them, a 14 year old with access to the internet can one-up them, by stealing photos of pro-riders taken with multi-thousand dollar photography setups, with just a few clicks of a mouse.

While a majority of the content featured as POD is original and well-deserved, the fact is, that all of it should be, not just the majority. It is not that difficult to make sure you have a true winner. First, check the user's age. The chances of someone under the age of 15 having access to a DSLR and fancy flashes are slim to none. You can also tell if an image is genuine by comparing it to other pictures in the user's albums; if all the pictures are of the same, high-caliber, then there should be no need for further investigation. Moreover, if you see an ocean in the background and the location says "Moab, UT", then there may be something fishy going on; then again, it could just be a simple mistake. Finally if all else fails, ask them through a PM, "That's an awesome picture (insert picture here), where'd you take that?", if they reply no, then don't feature it, simple as that.

There is already a surplus of original POD-worthy material here on Pinkbike with thousands of new pictures being added by the day; so the next time you start chanting "PODPODPOD", make certain that you are supporting a worthy candidate.

/rant
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36 Comments

  • + 15
 I agree 100%. I hope you submitted this so it gets the attention to a few of the admins.
  • + 3
 agreed
  • + 5
 I agree as well... look at it this way. If you upload a video on to pinkbike,let say a section of New World Disorder. Pinkbike will delete as soon as they see it. Therefore it will say something along the line of no legal rights. but, pictures are ok?? they shouldn't even be having not to mention make them POD. you put a good message out by making this blog and I hope someone with authority'll se it.
  • + 4
 i agree both with the focus of AB's bloggage and crispy1st's point... i am an ameteur photographer and i have hopes and dreams of becoming a recognized professional in many fields of photography... that said, i am obviously NOT a professional and dont know how i would act if i saw my work posted by someone without permission... if i were to try and prevent the theft of my work, i would watermark it or put a right click protection on it... this photographer obviously didnt do either of those, so its not all the fault of the secondhand poster and PB... and i also wouldnt be too worried about my work being on PB because the compression of the pics is so great... it really does a number on the quality! but good write up! i agree partially on both sides and i will defend both sides
  • + 4
 At the very least, it's good manners to credit the photographer etc for their hard work and talent. Smile
  • + 2
 If you're putting a picture in a magazine, you can't watermark it or else it looks tacky...
  • + 1
 well the magazine would have to buy it from me... in doing so, they would gain rights to the pic and i would take my watermark off and just leave my name in fine print @ the bottom...
  • + 8
 Pinkcar, eat a dick you click of a mouse stealin douchebag!
  • + 5
 well said. goes for VOD's as well unfortunately. It's awesome seeing the professional stuff, but when it's from the professional not some kid ripping off albums. Solid blog.
  • + 5
 i agree so hard i hope the admins see this... oh and shut up pinkcar
  • + 1
 haha stoked33 BOD i agree homes. i hate when lil bitches steal shit an pretend its them or they took it. atleast if your gonna steal shit man up an say its not your work an give credit where credit is due
  • + 3
 If everyone who commented on the POD read this they would feel dumb. good Blog, point proven.
  • + 3
 Well put, at least say it is not your pic/vid if you don't know who shot it.
  • + 1
 I agree. I am a photographer and it would suck. I can't say I've had anything plagiarized, but I do have friends that have and it's been a hell of a time for them.
  • + 1
 Great point. We need to be supporting our amateur photographers.

You worded that very eloquently too I must say. Good job AB Smile
  • + 1
 Yeah I agree. While I would like to see better quality pictures on this site, putting plagarized pictures up isn't very cool.
  • + 4
 Another 100% agreement!
  • + 3
 100% agreed. Good read to AB!
  • + 0
 i think that if some kid like my self were to put on a picture form google or what ever that its not a big deal as long as we say i did not take this pictur blah blah i took it fomr were ever
  • + 1
 "As long as we say we didn't take this picture"

Words to live by, right there
  • - 1
 Lost me after the 1st paragraph, and I do photography. If photographers don't want their stuff (images) used there are ways to prevent the use and theft of images. As far as these pod's go, aren't they just being used for viewing? Isn't viewing ok? It when I start seeing my images in ads and magazines that I would start to get a little upset.

One persons opinion.
  • + 1
 great blog i hope the admins saw this, i am just getting into photographt now but if someone poached my stuff and got POD i would be so **issed
  • + 0
 lol well think of it for VOD... your never going to see Andrew Lacondeguy's part from NWD 8 up for VOD posted by some random user. So why should it be the same for a picture.
  • + 0
 Very good point AB, very solid.

But shouldn't it be the responsibility of the photographer to mark his own pictures before he posts his work in the web?
  • + 0
 By uploading a picture, the user is not saying, "This is my picture", they are just sharing the picture they found.
  • + 0
 Agreed. I can't stand it when kids post dozens of pictures that they didnt take and give no credit to the photographer.
  • + 0
 you dont really get it.. your right .. but this is not the statement he made..POD should.. (not must)... be an amateur photo wich stands out.. @ Aqueousbeef > am i right...?
  • + 0
 Word pics that don't belong to you shouldn't be pod.
  • + 0
 BOD! Blog of the Day!!!!
  • + 1
 Nicely put. Salute
  • + 0
 You're both right Beer
  • + 0
 agreed
  • - 2
 amen
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