Someone named mecbmecb stole one of my photos, and reposted it to Flickr as their own

Hmm. Something’s fishy here. Compare this photo I posted (from the party at PURE during MIX07):

With this photo, posted by Flickr user “mecbmecb”:

They even used the exact same (slightly inaccurate) tags as I did.

I posted the photo, as I do all of my photos, under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license, meaning anyone can use my photos for any non-commercial purpose as long as they give attribution/credit to me. They don’t even have to ask permission.

But this “mecbmecb” character didn’t even bother with that. They even posted the photo under the default “All Rights Reserved”, which is more restrictive that my Creative Commons license. Looking at the rest of the photo stream, it appears to be only photos from MIX07. Makes me wonder who took the other photos there.

Moral of the story: don’t be a jerk and post other people’s work as your own.


2 thoughts on “Someone named mecbmecb stole one of my photos, and reposted it to Flickr as their own

  1. Did you message them about it yet?

    Often times people don’t understand how “favorites” work, or how to blog from another stream, so it’s extremely common to find someone who is just dense as a post uploading their favorite pictures to their stream to keep track of them.

    On the other hand, if they refuse to remove it or don’t acknowledge it as stolen, you can report it to Flickr and have it tossed 🙂

  2. Yes, I posted a comment, letting them know what happened. Hanlon’s razor is in full effect here – never attribute to malice what could be attributed to ignorance. 🙂

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