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I am no newbie to having my images stolen and it sickens me every single time. But I am dealing with a new situation in regards to theft this time around. It involves a major deal site, Groupon.

Last week I was alerted to one of my images being used as part of a San Jose boudoir photographers Groupon ad. I immediately emailed Groupon demanding they take down my ad, yet to this day it remains, as you can see in this screen capture below.

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The photographer in question, says it was her assistants fault. Yet, when I did a google image search I noticed my image came up time and time again on groupon's reused links. Does this mean they are reusing my image for other boudoir photographers? Quite possibly. However, no matter way you look at it, both Groupon and the other photographer are at fault. Even if Groupon did create the ad using my image, they had to send it to the photographer for approval.

I have always heard stories of these deal sites wanting to use stock photography for photography ads in which the photographers own images should have been used. But to steal an image is an all-time new low! How many of you purchasing these ads were even aware of this? Would you have purchased the deal if you had known the image used to promote it wasn't the photographers own work? It's complete fraud and I am fed up with the public being deceived this way.

Come on, Groupon, pull the illegal ad now before this gets even more complicated.

 

Here is just one screenshot of apparent old uses of my image:

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My original image before someone changed it to black and white:

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I have never been happier that I don't offer deals on these ridiculous deal sites. For photography, nobody wins with these unless you are a struggling business owner.

 

UPDATE

The Boudoir photographer in question and Groupon eventually updated the ad with what is now hopefully one of the boudoir photographers own images: 

 

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Stacie is the owner and photographer of Haute Shots. She resides in Las Vegas, NV. She LOVES hearing from you all on her blog so be sure to comment!

3 Responses to "Deal Sites & Fraudulent Advertising"

  • Sue
    January 21, 2014 - 10:39 pm Reply

    I would NOT personally use this company if I knew these pictures didn’t belong to the company taking them. I’m currently on the hunt for someone to do a Boudoir shoot for me in Vegas…and even at that price, my answer is no! This kind of shoot, in my opinion, requires the client to have a lot of trust place in the hands of the photographer. How sad!

  • Photo Stealers
    March 21, 2014 - 7:04 pm Reply

    This article just helped me find the original source of this image :( It was stolen again.

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