In contrast to illegal film and music downloads, file sharing of copyrighted images goes largely unchallenged
Chicago, IL, Sept. 17, 2009. Vivozoom, the microstock business with the first and most extensive image warranty, has announced that the tacitly accepted practice of stealing stock and microstock images adds up to as much as $10 billion annually. While the entertainment industry targets the worst violators who share music and movie files online, the practice of image theft rages at the expense and embarrassment of stock and microstock customers unknowingly using unauthorized images, and of photographers whose revenues are cannibalized. This cycle is something Vivozoom is aiming to end by setting a standard for protecting both purchasers and photographers by legally defending any of its customers for damages and costs totaling up to $25,000.