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This is an open letter to everyone one on all social networks who like to share items they find on the Internet. The contents of this letter are especially directed to those that continue to steal other people’s work, you know who you are.

Recently, theft of photographic work on Google+ has started to become more and more of a problem and honestly, it needs to stop….right now.

Look, I know you love sharing things you find on the Internet, but you need to credit your sources. Many photographers like myself don't have a problem if you share our work just as long as you identify the source on your post.

* Taking someone's photo, tinkering with the color or engaging in other “post processing” or “mash-ups” and then putting your name on that picture is theft.
* Cropping a picture that you find and then claiming it as your work is theft.
* Performing “gif animation enhancement” as a few people have claimed and not crediting the source of the picture is also, you guessed it, theft.

Always credit your sources publicly on each post you share.

It’s simple. All you have to do is place the URL (the link to where you found an item that you want to share) in your post when you share said item. That way, there is no confusion as to who created the picture or artwork you are sharing and you are then not taking credit for someone else’s work.

You took the time to find something cool on the internet, take the time to credit the original artist.

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