I am a disgusting, low life, no good, rotten, thief. I say that with little care and I will tell you why.
I have stolen every image on my site with absolutely no regards whatsoever to the original creators or makers. Why? Because I can. Also because I know that I am not using them in any way to profit or promote myself using those said images. In most cases they are just simply eye candy and have no impact on the topic at hand.
This is the internet. It’s going to happen. No matter what you post, if you put it online, there is a good chance someone will snatch it up, toss their name on it and put it back out there. This applies to movies, music, photos, and even blogs and other writings.
That story you just posted? Someone out there might copy and paste it to their site. Do they have to credit you? No. You may not even find out it ever happened. If you do, you can always request a take down, but even that isn’t certain.
What can you do if your media is stolen?
Well if it involves monetary gain on their part, you can always contact a lawyer. If not you can try a cease and desist yourself to the offender. There’s also a chance if you know what you are doing to contact the site host and go that route.
In most cases, it’s easier to just grumble about it and go on. Watermark your photos and videos and hope for the best.
As for me? Yeah I’m going to keep doing what I do. In most cases I don’t even know where the photos I use originated from. Kind of hard to credit original authors if you can’t find them.