2.5 billion online images stolen every day in 2018

2.5 billion online images stolen every day in 2018
Image Theft by Country: The five most image infringing nations (infographic: Copytrack)

The world wide web is a wonderful thing for photographers and photography, but the issue of image theft has escalated to unprecedented heights in the digital age. The latest report from image rights agency Copytrack says that as many as 2.5 billion images are stolen per day on the web. 

The group's latest Global Infringement Report makes for eye-opening reading. According to a pair of studies by Copytrack and IMGembed, around 85% of the 3 billion images shared daily on the internet are used without a valid license – with the creators and image agencies largely unaware that they have been used without permission. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.