Leosghost - 10:36 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)
You should always care about who steals, scrapes your images and what happens to them..
Same way you'd care about some one scraping an entire article..( IMO it's worse with images, because each scraper takes the entire image..it isn't like they just take 10% of it, there is no such thing as "fair use" of someones images, unless for parody, review etc..link backs make no difference and are not a legit excuse for scraping ) ..If the scraper is big enough , it is as if they gain "mass" ..and then they outrank the originator(s) for that image and any others that they have scraped..
Or if the scrapers are numerous enough, Google is as likely to "attribute" your images etc to the biggest of them..
They could do otherwise..but as I have said elsewhere ..I'm not holding my breath..meanwhile, you have my sympathy..hopefully you have realised that from now on..you need to protect your images..as you would protect your articles..only let others have what you do not need..
Don't allow dupes or scrapers..whoever they are..unless you are feeding them watermarked images..
Now it has gone a stage further, as Google appear to have decided that the greater "mass" site, is the only one that they need show for an image..given the "evidence" that they have to work with, they have made a logical and understandable decision..plus , there is always "collateral damage" with every algo, big or small..
If you don't protect your content , images, graphics, or texts, videos, whatever, eventually people and search engines cease to regard them as yours..
This is why "brands" protect their "brand"..