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Figure Out Where Your Photos Are Illegally Being Used Online

A few years ago I was scrolling through the home page of a large magazine and saw a photo I had taken featured in the middle of its homepage. The pic was a distinctive one of a surprised Mark Zuckerberg that I had taken at a press conference. Where I was sitting when I took the picture and my luck in catching him at the precise moment he made the face in question made for a one-of-a-kind shot. I knew it was mine, and I knew I hadn’t given the magazine permission to use it.

I had published the picture along with a story I had written a few months prior. It appears as though the writer of the magazine story (or someone along the way) had just done a Google search for a pic of Zuck, came across my amazing pic, and lifted it to use without considering that doing so wasn’t exactly legal.