Stand Still Studios in Medford, Oregon

Website: http://www.standstillstudios.com/home.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stand-Still-Studios/1612914615618120?sk=timeline

Let this be a lesson: if you are going to steal images, do not go into a group of photographers and proclaim a stolen image is yours.

I didn’t even have to research this one to know they had stolen images.  Their profile photo on Facebook was taken by a dear friend of mine (whom has worked for me in the past) and the image is OF two photographers.  Sigh.

A reminder that if you share this link to Facebook to make sure that it is locked down so only friends can see the post.  More about this here.

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  • Marc W.

    You can tell which ones are theirs… out of focus and selected colors.

    • You can’t fix stupid

      Yes, that I picked up super quickly

  • Melinda Potter

    Seeing THIS under stolen photography… Belch!

    • Jim Martin

      Did you see the “classes” link on his website? He is teaching Lightroom, Photoshop, camera use and modeling. I didn’t see a class on how to misrepresent yourself, but maybe he is still working on it.

      • Melinda Potter

        Ridiculous!

    • C Sab

      Wonder where they took that from.

    • Kimo

      I love how these guys use the same generalizations. They almost always have some variation on this theme in their “artist’s” statements or “about me.” They seem to think some vague statement like this sets them apart.
      One thing’s for sure, though, their photographs do speak volumes about their skills, and their theft of photographs speaks volumes about their lack of integrity and commitment to photography.
      It’s like they’re beginning to go in circles, with their logic and their behavior. We’ve already seen them stealing “pre-stolen” works from each other.

    • Celine (peaceetc)

      That phrase can be found on any number of photography sites, which is a rather sad. https://www.google.com/search?q=we+capture+what+other+photographers+can%27t

  • Christopher C.

    Clearly it’s another case of Obama’s web designer hackers using these photos for inspiration.

  • Christopher C.

    This photo on their home page also isn’t their work. It’s part of various website templates. You’ll notice how they didn’t bother to remove it, since it’s a decent photo and why not try to pass it off as their own work? (And you can’t tell me they didn’t know it was there, either. It’s the VERY FIRST IMAGE YOU SEE when you go to their site.)

    • Bart

      The majority of the photos used on the home page are stock, there are a couple photos that look like theirs. It seems so wrong to use stock images to advertise photography services…….. and on a sadder note….. I live in Medford, darn it I thought Medfordites were better than this. 🙁

  • Celine (peaceetc)

    To STAND STILL STUDIOS IN MEDFORD, OREGON,

    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.

  • Marc W.

    They’ve replaced all their photos, now they’ll probably keep hiding.

    ETA: * facebook

  • I predict that they will be quiet and remove everything no must no fuss.

    • C Sab

      Personally I hope you’re right.

  • captain-confuzzled

    To Stand Still Studios: okay, so you took down stolen photos, good step 1. Now, how about taking down the Stock photos that you didn’t take, but are highlighting on your website’s front page? And no, its not okay to use someone else’s work to advertise your business, even if you paid to use the stock photo. sigh. You have about a bazillion reasonably nice photos on your FB page, why not just use some of them?

  • You can’t fix stupid

    Wow, that was a quick take down. And they are staying quiet. Good, I am sure they have learned that stealing doesn’t pay.

    Oh wow, she is offering classes?? really , “How to Steal Photos 101” http://www.standstillstudios.com/classes.html