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BUYERS TIP: Spot a fake portfolio


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Im a graphic designer and sometimes I like to check out the competitions portfolio.
To my surprise Ive come across several Sellers who post work on their portfolio thats not theirs.

These arent Level 1 or new Sellers. We’re talking Level 2 and above.
I came across a website that allows you to upload an image and the site will indicate where that image is shown.

Ive seen Sellers post images on their portfolio that belongs to a Stock Image site.
Simply goto www.tineye.com

I use the Snippet tool from Windows 7 and copy the image I want searched.
Its that simple.

This is mainly for Buyers looking for graphics work.
Good luck in your search for good honest designers.

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My point being that your profile may otherwise be fine, but altering or using another companies work may be against copyright law. Grease:

Phonographic Copyright § – RSO Records, Inc.
Copyright © – RSO Records, Inc.
Record Company – Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Pressed By – Phonodisc B.V.
Lacquer Cut At – Phonodisc B.V.
Pressed By – Phonodisc GmbH
Lacquer Cut At – Phonodisc GmbH
Credits
Art Direction – Glenn Ross
Copyist – Bob Borenstein*
Design – George Corsillo-Gribbitt*, Tim Bryant (2)
Producer – Louis St. Louis (tracks: A2, B1 to B4, B6, C1 to C6, D1 to D3, D5, D6)

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Ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho hoist by your own petard!

Commercial use, dude.

Additionally, instead of using Tineye, which is useful, you can also just right click on the image and select “search with Google Images”. Tineye also has a right click extension for the ultra-lazy, like me.

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I thought about mentioning Google but I felt lazy and hoped someone else would do it. Thanks! 🙂

I use Google when I’m on Chrome because of the lazy feature. I have found that if I’m on a major image hunt, Tineye sometimes finds things Google misses. Not often, though. So, my vote is, post has some use but OP needs more originality.

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Your comment is unrelated to my post. Please re-read and understand what Im saying. Im not talking about permissions of using a photo. The post s about taking someone else’s photo…not doing a DAMN thing with it and placing into your portfolio and making it seem its your work. COMPRENDE?

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And I’m pretty sure everyone else’s point is that when you take a photo that isn’t yours and you don’t have permission to use, and altering it, does not make it yours. It’s still stealing someone’s work. If I go to your house, steal your TV and put a fake mustache on it, I would still get arrested even though I altered it.

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I have to say, @mommymonster’s hit the nail on the head here. This isn’t an argument you’re going to win, even if you want to split hairs over permissions not being a part of exactly what this post is about.

It’s just not a very good argument. Besides, even if you’re talking of fair use, your profile pic is very much recognizable as the Grease thingy and only a small (rather egoistical, it has to be said) part has been edited. Looking at this, er…

en.wikipedia.org
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Fair use | U.S. fair use factors

The four factors of analysis for fair use set forth above derive from the opinion of Joseph Story in Folsom v. Marsh, in which the defendant had copied 353 pages from the plaintiff's 12-volume biography of George Washington in order to produce a separate two-volume work of his own. The court rejected the defendant's fair use defense with the following explanation:

You’re guilty of what you’re moaning about, which is why nobody agrees with you and kj’s point is entirely related to your point.

Be careful in that glass house…

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And I’m pretty sure everyone else’s point is that when you take a photo that isn’t yours and you don’t have permission to use, and altering it, does not make it yours. It’s still stealing someone’s work. If I go to your house, steal your TV and put a fake mustache on it, I would still get arrested even though I altered it.

best analogy ever…

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