Thursday, June 12, 2008

Photoshop "Frauding": Oscar De La Hoya Really Doesn’t Wear Fishnets

I've used Photoshop since version 1.0 was released in 1990. I used it then for developing interfaces for hotel kiosks and use it today for images in web applications. From then until now, outside of using this pixel-bending tool for work, I'd also used it for fun. Warping and distorting images of friends into funny scenarios was always something done on the side. To this day, there are many giggles to be had when you “liquefy” someone's face.

Unfortunately, we are living in a time where you can use Photoshop for more than giggles. Just ask Oscar De La Hoya. Months ago, images were released to the public of the famous boxer wearing fishnets and high heels in embarrassing poses. He, of course, denied they were of him. Did anyone believe his denial? The model/stripper that released them, Milana Dravnel, was suing him for slander and was seeking $25 million. As of this week, the case was dismissed because an expert deemed the images as Photoshop hoaxes.

It's easy to create fake images of people with how powerful Photoshop has become since 1990. It probably cost Mr. De La Hoya a tidy sum of cash defending himself in this case. Photoshop has only been around about 20 years. How will the courts deal with phony images created in Photoshop CS19 ten years from now?

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