Only a day after two photographers got robbed while stuck in traffic, another incident happened in California. While two men were doing a photoshoot in a San Diego park, six people tried to steal their gear. When the duo fought back, the thieves shot one man and hurt the other.
Camera gear gets stolen fairly regularly. It’s something we’re all cautious of and try to minimise the risk of it happening. But there are some events that cause us to lose our gear which just so brazen that it’s difficult to account for them. Something that real estate photographers Ben and Masha of Home Shoots discovered while driving home after a photoshoot.
While sitting in traffic waiting to get onto the Interstate 80 onramp on Friday afternoon, a car pulled up beside them. Somebody got out of the car, smashed their rear window, grabbed a bag containing over $7,000 worth of camera equipment and hopped back into their vehicle before racing off. And it all happened in just a few seconds.
On Saturday, thieves smashed a photographer’s car window and stole all the gear that was inside. The theft left Manchester-based photographer Kenny Clayton not only without ~$9,000 worth of gear but also without all the photos he has done in the last five years.
West Yorkshire Police recently arrested a gang in Leeds that stole luxury cars. The police reportedly found them thanks to Instagram, as they posted a selfie with a stolen car to brag about the theft. Furthermore, they even shared a video showing them driving around in the stolen car. Clever, right?
A controversial court ruling in July 2018 that said it was ok to just take photos from the web and reuse them has been overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The previous ruling said that Violent Hues Productions use of photographer Russel Brammer’s image fell under “Fair Use” and that it was “transformative”, denying his infringement claim. But this decision has now been reversed.