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Photographer

Matt Dunn

Posts: 229

Miami Beach, Florida, US

I was recently approached by a guy named Bill Staniford AKA Mansfield Staniford. He pitched me an idea where he can enter into the foray of the fashion world and act as an agent/promoter/model agency. This guy is really a computer guy who has learned to manipulate search engines as well as building software and is very proud of his fraudulent ability to not only use Facebook for his own publicity but also claims to be producing models and discovering new talent. This is the same guy who was involved with a Russian spy which was all over the news. He is now trying to seduce wannabe models into a lavish Miami Beach trip which includes a free hotel and photo shoot. Like you have always learned, “if it sounds to good to be true don’t believe it”! He is building his false reputation by making himself look credible stealing images from all over the world wide web. In his view, models images and photographers images have no worth so he is and continues in a federal crime which is copyright infringement. He has literally hundreds of images in which he has stolen from websites all over the web. For a guy who claims to have an up and up business he continues his stealing to make himself and his shady company look credible. He is intimating also that the models he has stolen their images somehow came through his company. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Now that he has hoodwinked literally 147,000 people on his Facebook with his deception,he is going to try to get advertisers on board. He said to me he has a vendetta against Model Mayhem(I’m not a big fan but at least they don’t steal images). I went through his whole Facebook page and placed a notice on all of the infringed images(Took me literally hours) and the next day they had removed all of the comments. WHY? Because he knows it is wrong and I called him on it. I have been in this business for more than 25 years and have a stellar reputation. This bunch is trying to cheat, lie, steal, and trick kids into following them, entering phony contests just to get followers. This in turn translates into advertisers viewing them as credible and makes them money. Also when you are trying to act as an agent one needs a license. Another loophole sidestepping by Staniford. What is next who knows but the business model they have created and are working on is predatory to photographers, models, makeup artists, and the whole fashion industry as a whole. Make no mistake, Staniford and Model Launcher has NO CONNECTIONS to the model industry, knows no agencies,knows nothing about the modelling or fashion industry, and cannot help you or your career. And remember, they have no agency license. Remember ProScout, Manhattan Model Search, and all the other scams out there. They built their business on wannabe models and built themselves up with stories of dreams of celebrity, beauty, riches, and fame. They also love to target Florida. A very credible source once told me that Florida is the most scam-able naive people on the planet.

Aug 21 13 10:20 am Link

Photographer

Guss W

Posts: 10634

Clearwater, Florida, US

I'm pretty sure agencies in Florida are supposed to be registered as such with the state.  Is he?  If so, report his activities.  If not, report that too.

Aug 21 13 10:59 am Link

Photographer

StevesPhotography

Posts: 208

Mustang, Oklahoma, US

Paragraphs for God's sake.

Aug 24 13 10:53 am Link

Model

Danielle Reid

Posts: 4380

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

Sort of missed what this was about due to the giant wall of text and my laziness...but I'm assuming ML is a no no place?

Aug 24 13 10:58 am Link

Photographer

Mark Salo

Posts: 8378

Olney, Maryland, US

Matt Dunn  wrote:
I was recently approached by a guy named Bill Staniford AKA Mansfield Staniford. He pitched me an idea where he can enter into the foray of the fashion world and act as an agent/promoter/model agency.

This guy is really a computer guy who has learned to manipulate search engines as well as building software and is very proud of his fraudulent ability to not only use Facebook for his own publicity but also claims to be producing models and discovering new talent. This is the same guy who was involved with a Russian spy which was all over the news. He is now trying to seduce wannabe models into a lavish Miami Beach trip which includes a free hotel and photo shoot.

Like you I have always learned, “if it sounds to good to be true don’t believe it”! He is building his false reputation by making himself look credible stealing images from all over the world wide web. In his view, models images and photographers images have no worth so he is and continues in a federal crime which is copyright infringement. He has literally hundreds of images in which he has stolen from websites all over the web.

For a guy who claims to have an up and up business he continues his stealing to make himself and his shady company look credible. He is intimating also that the models he has stolen their images somehow came through his company. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Now that he has hoodwinked literally 147,000 people on his Facebook with his deception,he is going to try to get advertisers on board.

He said to me he has a vendetta against Model Mayhem (I’m not a big fan but at least they don’t steal images). I went through his whole Facebook page and placed a notice on all of the infringed images (Took me literally hours) and the next day they had removed all of the comments. WHY? Because he knows it is wrong and I called him on it.

I have been in this business for more than 25 years and have a stellar reputation. This bunch is trying to cheat, lie, steal, and trick kids into following them, entering phony contests just to get followers. This in turn translates into advertisers viewing them as credible and makes them money. Also when you are trying to act as an agent one needs a license.

Another loophole sidestepping by Staniford. What is next who knows but the business model they have created and are working on is predatory to photographers, models, makeup artists, and the whole fashion industry as a whole. Make no mistake, Staniford and Model Launcher has NO CONNECTIONS to the model industry, knows no agencies, knows nothing about the modelling or fashion industry, and cannot help you or your career.

And remember, they have no agency license. Remember ProScout, Manhattan Model Search, and all the other scams out there. They built their business on wannabe models and built themselves up with stories of dreams of celebrity, beauty, riches, and fame. They also love to target Florida. A very credible source once told me that Florida is the most scam-able naive people on the planet.

Now my old eyes can read this.

Aug 24 13 11:00 am Link

Photographer

Matt Dunn

Posts: 229

Miami Beach, Florida, US

Thank you Mark for rectifying my lack of paragraphs.
MD

Sep 10 13 03:33 pm Link

Photographer

Robert Randall

Posts: 13842

Chicago, Illinois, US

Matt Dunn  wrote:
Thank you Mark for rectifying my lack of paragraphs.
MD

I'm kinda curious about the one paragraph break you did make... how did you come up with that one?

Sep 10 13 06:41 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38559

Portland, Oregon, US

Damn  sad

I was hoping Model Launcher would be some sort of a catapult or sling-shot system to fling models from one end of the country to another to allow faster travel and break the monopoly of airlines.

Sep 10 13 06:43 pm Link

Photographer

GeorgeMann

Posts: 1148

Orange, California, US

DougBPhoto wrote:
Damn  sad

I was hoping Model Launcher would be some sort of a catapult or sling-shot system to fling models from one end of the country to another to allow faster travel and break the monopoly of airlines.

+1 Thus allowing traveling models to travel without expenses, thereby allowing them to charge less.

Sep 11 13 09:00 am Link

Photographer

kevin bellanger

Posts: 465

Albany, New York, US

StevesPhotography wrote:
Paragraphs for God's sake.

......(insert baby noises)

Sep 11 13 09:09 am Link

Photographer

kevin bellanger

Posts: 465

Albany, New York, US

Danielle Reid wrote:
Sort of missed what this was about due to the giant wall of text and my laziness...but I'm assuming ML is a no no place?

.....work much?

Sep 11 13 09:10 am Link

Artist/Painter

aquarelle

Posts: 1915

Chicago, Illinois, US

Question to Matt Dunn: 

(as we used to say)

What's it to ya?

Sep 12 13 11:48 am Link

Photographer

Marc Damon

Posts: 6562

Biloxi, Mississippi, US

Matt Dunn  wrote:
I went through his whole Facebook page and placed a notice on all of the infringed images(Took me literally hours)

Why go to all the trouble? There are easier ways to remove infringed images.

How do you know he didn't license them?

Not defending him. I don't know him. Just sayin...

aquarelle wrote:
Question to Matt Dunn: 

(as we used to say)

What's it to ya?

+1

Sep 12 13 12:34 pm Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8859

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

152K likes.

Sep 12 13 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

Herman Surkis

Posts: 8859

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Ahhh, the usual responses of, if it's not in my back yard, and it does not effect me, then I don't care what happens to anybody else.

Sep 12 13 05:06 pm Link

Photographer

photomode

Posts: 85

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Well done on exposing this. Just hope it has the desired results.

Sep 12 13 06:33 pm Link