This is only a small fraction of what companies have stolen from professional photographers.
After the last month billing PhotoClaim has reported hitting the new milestone of 2.036.846,90€ regained for photographers from image thieves. However, the founder of the company Nico Trinkhaus says, this is just a small fraction of the money which has been stolen from photographers. There are still millions to be reimbursed for PhotoClaim’s clients.
Nico Trinkhaus during photo-shooting
Together with its attorneys, PhotoClaim has started already 17475 cases of commercial illegal uses of photos and this is just the beginning. According to PhotoClaim’s system data, there are hundreds of thousands of findings still to be processed and the number of copyright infringements is constantly growing. More and more companies decide to rather steal photographs instead of purchasing licenses in the first place.
I didn’t steal the photo, I found it on Google!
The argument which causes photography disruption.
Nico Trinkhaus – founder of PhotoClaim
The real challenge in fighting image theft is facing too low awareness about copyright law. Every single euro that we won has helped to spread the word about the importance of respecting photographer’s rights. Opponents can be really creative in finding defensive arguments.
As Nico Trinkhaus says, unfortunately, such situation leads to the disruption of the photography industry. The common conception of companies that Internet is a free source of content and that they can get away with using a visual material for commercial purposes without permission causes decreasing revenues for photographers. This problem has a global scale.
Photographers must unite and stand up for their rights.
In his speech “How they stole 1 000 000 Euros from me”, Nico Trinkhaus explains that photographers should feel confident about the value of their own photos and ask for damages reimbursement – if they were stolen that means someone considered them worthy!
Annika Kreusch – Legal Executive
At PhotoClaim responsible for growing the network of attorneys and managing cases in German and international courts.
Nevertheless, it is sometimes impossible for single photographers to fight in courts in numerous foreign countries. This is also a common argument of opponents. Annika Kreusch reports: “they often argue that we cannot get them outside of Germany, but this argument was the reason why PhotoClaim was established.
Having support from photographers, we were able to negotiate good conditions with lawyers and test multiple European procedures against image theft. It’s why we know how important it is that photographers bond and how important it is to make them aware that they should not be afraid to fight for their rights.”
PhotoClaim helps photographers to find and fights image thefts internationally so that they can rest assured everyone pays for using their photos. The company is based in Germany (Berlin) and Poland (Wrocław) and was founded by Nico Trinkhaus in 2015. The idea was to help professional photographers or those who plan to have a photography business to be reimbursed for copyright infringements without investing too much time or energy in chasing thieves.
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