Stolen online photos?

by Fred Showker
Have your photos been ripped off? Do you think that watermarking protects you? Are you uploading good, quality photos into your portfolio or web site? You'll never know where your photos will be used by someone else. You've been ripped off. Now, there may be a final solution...

Welcome the Image Recognition Platform

PicScout Image Recognition Platform provides an integrated solution for copyrighted image services. Their Recognition Engine has become the industry's most scalable and effective image recognition engine that currently matches image and print images and millions of files even if they have been cropped, colorized, resized or suffered other manipulation. PicScout's Image Recognition abilities are non intrusive and act by identifying unique patterns within the images in order to allow comparison operations.

are your images being used illegally?

The engine has these capabilities:

  • The ability to identify an exact match between a given image and a customer's catalogue image
  • The ability to identify a partial match between a given image and a customer's catalogue image
  • The ability to identify exact or partial matches even though a given image was modified or distorted by resizing, cropping, or coloring
  • The ability to search and identify the owners of a given image within milliseconds to seconds
  • The ability to execute different proprietary image recognition actions in order to provide a customer with the data and usage analysis

PicScout online image recognition finds your images that have been ripped off even if modified
This is NOT a paid post, we received NO benefit from this post other than providing our readers with a potentially valuable resource.

PicScout's Image Tracker works on a simple model: You send your image files for fingerprinting and inclusion in their huge database. Their spider searches the web on an ongoing basis for images used in commercial and editorial websites. They compare the images found to yours. When an image is identified, you get a report of *who copied it, *when it was copied, *how it is being used, and *where you can see it in use.

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PicScout's pricing model is based on a number of different metrics, depending on your business model to monetize the images. They also charge based on a percentage of the recovered revenues. Expect to pay a minimum fee for the service -- although we couldn't get clear understanding of what those charges would be without signing up.

Check out PicScout and see if it will work for you

Suzanne M. Matick writes:

QUOTESoon, even now, we can look for online images marked with the small "i", the internationally used icon for information. Pointing to it will reveal much about the image-- who owns it, where I can buy it, even more information about the image, and a click-through to use the image legitimately. This is the first time web-viewed images are getting the attribution of their rightful owners or licensors and enabled with an easy connection to buy and use legitimately. PicScout is bringing both users and purveyors of images together online and on-the-fly to contract for legitimate image downloads forauthorized usage on or offline, and restoring the image economy.
      PicScout has been working for years with image purveyors to identify online image use and estimates that 85 percent of all images are unlawful uses. With today's news, PicScout embarks on a path to transform image monetization from a reactive infringement model to a proactive one that enables use and buy on the spot.QUOTE


Thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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On March 26th, Rachel GRIMES said:

It's known that cash makes people independent. Selling photos online can be a good income once you reach critical mass of visitors to your site. I sell photos to the stock houses, and it really does infuriate me to see my images utilized in web sites that didn't pay for them! Bravo, Fred for posting this article -- I hope all photographers who get their images online will read it!

On March 12th, LoisMarshall35 said:

One admits that life is not cheap, but we require cash for different issues and not every person earns big sums cash. So I alwasy hate seeing photos being ripped off when sometimes the author's livelyhood depends on selling the photos.

This is a great service to graphic designers ... thank goodness for this web site!


On October 27th, mortgage loans said:

Make your own life time more simple get the photos and all you want. Isn't it horrible then when someone steals your work!

On January 11th, Good Reference said:

In baseball, a stolen base occurs when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the pitcher is delivering the ball to home plate. But if you get your property stolen it's not a laughing matter!


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