Your point is valid but your presentation is way too exaggerated! I hardly see any decent work with such gaudy watermarks, most photogs who really see the beauty of their work have minimal watermarks. Another point you are missing is most examples you posted do not belong to the digital era. The famous images you posted were of the print age so it is not totally correct to compare with today’s problem. Another point is once they are published/recognized in/by a reputed magazine or website the photogs are lesser worried as no one can claim credit for their work ahead of them. Most stolen/misused works are landscapes & generally not portraits, journalistic works. So again depends on genre. But seriously, I never saw pics even by amateur photogs so heavily/gaudily watermarked! I would love to see some real world examples which inspired you in this direction 😉

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