Samsung Camera Contest Winner Uses Stolen Photo

by Karl Utermohlen | August 23, 2013 1:56 pm

Samsung Electronics (SSNLF[1]) faced another controversy regarding a stolen photo when a person won one of its camera contests with someone else’s work.

The company held the #LiveInTheMoment contest on Facebook’s (GOOG[2]) Instagram and chose user ‘bogdhan’ as the winner according to The Wall Street Journal[3]. However, the photo that he used was later discovered to belong to Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro.

The photographer contacted Samsung after seeing the picture on the internet and noticed that it was simply a cropped and flipped version of his picture with a filter. Samsung disqualified bogdhan from the contest after confirming that the original photo belongs to Koentjoro.

Samsung attempted to contact the user several times but they couldn’t reach bogdhan because his account has been changed since the incident. The company came under fire back in May for another instance of online copyright infringement when they used a street photographer’s work for its ads without his permission.

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