I work in a photolab where we have a digital printer and a copyprint machine. It seems the problem of copying professional photos is getting worse each year. My question is if photographers are having a harder time enforcing their copyright with their customers and making ends meet? I see customers blatantly not care they are ripping off the photographer of the pictures they just had done, by bringing in the disc or proof print to print on our machines. Instead of paying the photographer for the work they agreed to do, they bring in the proofs and want to make as many copies as they can to save a dollar, and ordering very little from the photographer in return. When we refuse to sell the photos to the customer, they say they will just get them copied at a store they know will let them. I mean how in the world can a photographer make a living when customers try to rip them off? I see this issue getting worse, not better. If a photographer gives the customer a price to sell them the full rights of the photos to do whatever with they please, the customer complains of the high cost of that compared to Joe photographer that is charging this much (but not actually selling the rights). I had a customer come to our lab to use our copyprint machine. This machine we let people use self serve if they know how to use it. She printed 3 copyrighted photos on the machine before we realized what she was doing. When another staff member noticed this, the girl took off without paying for the photos. We checked the machine to see what was printed, and sure enough- pro photos. We saw her photographer the next day (we recognized the pics) and the photographer was explained to what had happened the day before. The photographer took action against her client with a letter to pay the extra costs and explaining contract breach infringement. I really wonder how a photographer can make money these days when people scam them so much without blinking an eye.