Elle-Shay Photography in Sydney, Australia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Elleshayphotodesign/timeline

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Also?  What.a.week.

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  • Melinda Potter

    Wow! Did she really steal a picture and make up a story, about recieving flowers from a grateful client?!

    • Me, Myself and I

      I’ve gotten thank-you cards from past clients … flowers? Not so much. 🙂

  • Helena

    To ELLE-SHAY PHOTOGRAPHY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

    Welcome to the world of being outed by Photo Stealers (Stop Stealing Photos). It is our goal to root out and put a stop to photography copyright infringement. Your outing is one step towards that goal. You used photos you were not authorized to use, which is illegal. You’re probably confused and angry, so let us try to help you get a handle on things by giving you a checklist of things you should be doing and not doing.

    Please do NOT do the following:

    1. React with anger, go into denial, or start in with the threats. We already have the evidence against you. The best thing you can do for you is to be honest and to deal with this head on.

    2. Flag comments on this listing. The mods will just put them back, so don’t waste your time.

    3. Lie or offer excuses. We have heard every excuse in the book (really, we have. One guy even blamed Obama.), and you will not come up with something we haven’t heard before. You are not a special snowflake. Nothing you can say will justify what you did, so don’t bother.

    4. Accuse us of slander (because nobody ever figures out it has to be verbal to be slander). We stick to the facts, and if something is publicly available, it’s fair game.

    5. Create fake accounts to defend yourself. We will see through it, and it’s just a waste of time.

    Please DO the following:

    1. Remove any and all stolen images immediately. That means now. Right now. And no, simply hiding them from public view doesn’t count. They need to be completely deleted.

    2. Apologize DIRECTLY to those from whom you have stolen (and tell the truth!), and offer monetary compensation. You used their images in a professional setting to try to make money, so you owe them that much.

    3. Hope they don’t sue you. Copyright infringement is illegal under the law, and you can be sued for thousands of dollars, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, for EACH stolen image. Yes, seriously.

    4. Apologize publicly, on all the sites and social media accounts where the stolen work appeared. Again, you owe it to your clients, fans, friends, etc., to be honest.

    5. Learn about how copyright works. Look up the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. What you may think you know and what is actually the truth are probably two different things (as in: no, posting someone else’s photo as “inspiration” is not a valid reason, nor is it good enough to provide credit. If you don’t have express permission to post someone else’s image, then you don’t post it. That’s it, the end).

    6. DON’T STEAL. It’s not complicated — if you didn’t take a photo and don’t have permission to use it from the actual copyright holder, then don’t use it. It’s that simple. Yes, seriously. You claim to be a photographer, so why on earth would you want to use others’ images, anyway? How does that make sense?

    And remember:

    1. If you do it again, you will be caught. We go back and check old listings to make sure they haven’t started stealing again. And don’t forget — Google knows. Anytime someone searched for your business, this listing will come up.

    2. Think about the actual victims here (no, not you) — those whose images you stole. You screwed them over. And frankly, that’s a pretty damned crappy thing to do. And think about the clients you’ve mislead by presenting a false front. They’re victims, too.

  • I really dont know why people do this.

  • C Sab

    Not gonna be such a g’day for her now.

  • Photo Stealers

    It actually was but I can’t quite find the original source.

  • Wes Jones

    And POOF! It’s gone.

    • You can’t fix stupid

      That was quick.

  • You can’t fix stupid

    You need to. People can’t get away with this.

  • barque

    Who is this person? How are we supposed to watch her if we don’t know her name?

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      If you’re asking for personal information, we prefer not post that stuff on here.

      • barque

        I’m asking for her NAME. Since when did the name of the offending photographer become “personal information”?

    • CrackerJacker

      Wow, that doesn’t sound creepy at all. But I’m guessing you knew that.

      • barque

        no actually not creepy at all. Now, I’ve already communicated with Corey and I understand her position now about not putting full personal names and all. However, to your point, once upon a time when outing stealers, this site and anyone else investigating the thieves would post their actual full names. That way, when they close the business and go into hiding and open up under another moniker a few months later, they were easy to spot. And often, stealers work under many brands. With a name and location, the general public could keep an eye out for whatever future nonsense the stealer would pull. That’s what I meant by ‘how are we supposed to watch her?’

        But I’m guessing you knew that. 😉

        • CrackerJacker

          “once upon a time when outing stealers, this site and anyone else investigating the thieves would post their actual full names.”

          And that was one of my biggest issues with the way some commenters used this site.

          Right now, there are people out there who are trying to goad commenters on this site into bad behavior to further their own ends. There is a line between calling out a photo thief and an internet witch hunt. Let’s make sure we stay on the side of the angels.

          • C Sab

            Oh, I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.

  • Just a Girl

    Wow! That sure didn’t take long!!!!!!! ( I blocked out the info on what popped up in the Search that was NOT her… no sense dragging someone innocent person into her mess)

  • Sleepy

    Good on you!

  • Photo Stealers

    Her Facebook Page is shut down but she’s still up somewhere.

    • MPR1776

      lol, people are ‘stealing’ her images?

    • You can’t fix stupid

      haha People stole from her LOL

    • Melinda Potter

      *eye roll*

  • GlennMcQuaig

    Is this her new FB page? The old one is gone, but with her saying she’s going to now be on a private page, I’m wondering if this is it or not?

    https://www.facebook.com/Youbeautytherapy?fref=ts

    • Christopher C.

      Whatever it is (or was), it’s apparently gone now.

  • It happens so often … More than it should its sad really.

    Sent from a iPhone, please excuse the brevity and typos.

  • Christopher C.

    She hasn’t learned shit, unfortunately. She’s claiming you (and the other infringed photographers) stole the photographs from HER.

    I would highly encourage you to please not let this slide and see about pursuing legal action. Too many photographers take the same “well I hope they learn from this” view, but it doesn’t really accomplish anything. People who steal images aren’t interested in doing the work to create their own art, because they want to shortcut and deceive people. That’s not ever going to change.

    • V323

      You know, if I was accused of stealing by people that actually did steal MY stuff, and the hullabaloo ended up on my FB page, you can guarantee the LAST thing I would is shut down my page, I’d go full scorched earth with proof.
      Now, if I had stolen other people’s work, claimed as my own, then was found out by them, POOF gone like a fart in the wind. I love to see her claims those she stole from were the real thieves.

    • Just a Girl

      “She hasn’t learned shit, unfortunately. She’s claiming you (and the
      other infringed photographers) stole the photographs from HER.” That is so typical! In a Flash Photography stole Coreys photo and accused Corey of stealing from her!!!! (http://stopstealingphotos.com/flash-photography-toronto-ontario/) THE NERVE these thieves have!!

    • C Sab

      Tell her to show the RAW files. That’ll shut her up pretty quickly.

  • Melinda Potter

    I really hoped that she would take care of things properly, and go legit and honest from here on out, but it doesn’t look as though that’s going to happen 🙁

  • Jenny M

    Erin, you really should do something. I have recently had my work stolen, passed off as the work of another photographer at a bridal show that I was also at, and she booked weddings based on MY work. I refuse to sit back and take it and I really wish more photographers would take action. It would reduce the number of Fauxtogs doing this. Thanks to my fiancé who is in internet securities, I am finding out how easy it is to get the proof needed, undeniable proof. I wonder how much business this photographer booked off of YOUR work?

  • Melinda Potter

    Hopefully gone. I don’t see anything anywhere