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Thursday, February 22, 2007

The most stupid security check on the web

To become an "contributing photographer" and hence get maybe the chance to make a few dollars on your photographs, iStockPhoto requires you to upload a jpeg scan of a "government-issued" piece of identity - preferably either your drivers license or passport.

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Apparently someone needs to comment, since you don't have a clue. You're creating a legally binding contract with a company. If you've stolen photos or are pretending to be someone else, how else can they verify who you are? You upload a stolen photo and they could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

And their top photographers make several hundred thousand a year.
I could understand requesting proof of identification if there was a question over the ownership of legality of an image, but before?
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