Patrick Nicholson Photography in Charlotte, North Carolina

Website: http://patricknicholsonphotography.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PNPCharlotte

Sorry for the bit of silence on the blog – I’ve been going through a lot from a past thief and it’s been a bit soul sucking.  Thank you for all the kind words and support over the past three months as I’ve been dealing with this.

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  • Kat Forsyth

    Wow, this idiot really wants to be Steph Lee, doesn’t he?

    • C Sab

      I’m gonna take a stab in the dark and say yes. Lol

  • U Really That Dumb?

    Let’s just nip this one in the bud, shall we? I know, it won’t work, but let’s pretend it will.
    To PATRICK NICHOLSON PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA,
    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.

  • CrackerJacker

    Illegitimi non carborundum! Glad you are back. The photography world needs to keep the stealers in check.

  • CrackerJacker

    I love that all of his “Corporate” shots are parties at bars.

    • U Really That Dumb?

      I wonder if his other employers know he has a page full of stolen images. I would think that would not be what they stand for.

  • C Sab

    Finally someone new. Hopefully he has more sense and does the right thing.

  • Mike Carson

    I just… I don’t get it. I’ve been on the internet for 15 years now and I can’t fathom how people think they can get away with this crap.

    I mean, Chrome has a “search Google for this image” option in the right-click menu. It’s not an extension, it’s built in!

    • C Sab

      Some people think they’re somehow going to not get caught. Like they’re being so clever that no-one could possibly catch them. Lol it’s like those who do photoshoots on railway tracks even though you always hear of people dying when they do that, they think they’re gonna be the exception.

  • Helena

    Again with the stealing photographs of children. 🙁

    • Kimo

      Children can’t fight back, and it’s unlikely their parents will ever see it. It’s why so many crimes against children go so long without justice.

      • Melinda Potter

        That, and they’re an easy sell. Cute pictures of kids will attract parents who will want to hire you. It’s cheap as hell to do. Using other people’s children this way, but… an easy sell.
        That, and it’s easy to take advantage of people’s emotions when it comes to kids/babies. You could completely screw up a session technically, and not know at all what you are doing, but… You still caught those kids being cute cha Ching! Advertise with well done shots, and you’ve got them coming and going.

        • Kimo

          Sadly, this is the truth of the situation. It even goes on in contests and other areas of marketing.

        • you’re right, I’ve seen people enter other people’s photos into “beautiful babies” competitions etc. The nerve of some people?

  • captain-confuzzled
    • Photo Stealers

      I updated not long after posting but sometimes it takes the server a bit to catch up.

  • Melinda Potter

    I only glanced, but from the looks of things the only pictures that are all his are the “corporate” bar party shots… Not much to base any sort of business on

  • Lori Hoddinott

    facebook has some of these photos posted too Stephaine Lee one is his profile pic https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=116968301842903&set=a.116968298509570.1073741825.100005892014380&type=1&theater

  • Photo Stealers

    It appears that Squarespace may have removed the site entirely.

  • Tyler Morrison

    Sigh, it was only a matter of time til there would be a photo stealer in my own backyard.

  • C Sab

    Based on our experience, people who steal do so because their work is complete crap. I don’t this guy is any different.

    And you’re welcome. That’s what we do here.

  • You can’t fix stupid

    Both pages are down. I think that must be record time.