UPDATE 2: After a couple of emails with Yahoo and an official Notice of Infringement on my part (legalese and all) I received a message last night informing me that the matter had been dealt with. I don't know the details but that Flickr account is now gone. Good riddance. I just hope he can't simply open another one under a new name...
I still believe the entire process should be much easier, but at least Flickr took the appropriate action in a timely manner once the formal complaint was filed.
Huge thanks to all of you for the support. And to whoever added those tags on the offending images: they were pretty hilarious :)
Human nature… What a strange, confused and messy animal it can be. Consider image theft: not to illegally promote a product without the artist’s consent — which is bad enough — but to promote yourself. As a photographer. To promote your abilities. What kind of small, petty and deceitful person must you be to shamelessly display someone else’s work as your own?
These past few months have seen many such stories come to public attention but yesterday… It was my turn. I got an email from Markus Rack alerting me to Flickr user IM-David using some of my images in his Photostream. Sure enough there they were: two unedited portraits I was hired to shoot for Fujifilm’s XF 56mm lens. And why stop there? My two X-Photographer comrades Nathan Elson and Bert Stephani’s pictures were part of this guy’s portfolio as well; in for a penny, in for a pound.
Here’s a screenshot of David’s page: