Passage 7: Modern crimes: image theft
Personal blogging is the new form of journal writing – only better, because more people can read your entries online! Nowadays, most travelers are expected to post their photographs, in addition to their commentary on blogs for friends and family to see. But imagine ﬁnding your vacation photos in an advertisement, copied from the Internet without your permission. Although you, as an amateur photographer, might have thought they were “just pictures,” someone else decided they had value and used them to make money. That person stole your property. Photo theft, or image theft is a growing problem, especially for professional photographers who advertise on the Web. Any photo can easily be copied and used used illegally and often the people who do it don’t realize they are committing a crime. The ones who do probably know won’t be caught. So how can you protect yourself and your images? Professional photography associations recommend using photo-editing programs to add text to your photos. For example, write the word SAMPLE on the pictures. More sophisticated software allows you to make the pictures “ﬂash” or add moving images that can’t be copied. Finally, give your photo ﬁles unusual names so that they won’t be found easily when people search the Internet for common subjects like “the beach.”
32. The article tells photographers how to _______.