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What happens when IS steals your photo?

It’s well known that the so-called Islamic State is skilled at using slick production values in its propaganda. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, adhering to copyright law is not its strong suit. Brian McCarty is a photographer based in Los Angeles, and he recently discovered that one of his photos was used in IS materials. The image in question originated from a photo essay of his called ‘WAR-TOYS’.

Image: Photographer Brian McCarty's original photo (left) and the image repurposed for IS propaganda (right). Credit: Brian McCarty/UNRWA

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