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Unauthorized use of my images


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cogrady

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cogrady Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2009
Sat 06-Apr-13 01:53 PM

I've used Tineye before to see if I could trace the use of my images, but I just read about the reverse image search on Google. Much more powerful.

Just for kicks I tried it out on a few images and I'm horrified how many unauthorized uses of some of my more "stockish" images I found. I'm sick about it. Where I could, I ripped off an email telling the user that I'm the owner of the image, but I don't know that anyone will care. One of the frequently used images is of a pair of dice, bouncing, showing a 3 and a 4. Recently someone purchased a usage right on this image for his upcoming book cover, which is kind of what prompted me to see how frequently this image has been stolen.

One guy on Deviant Art has actually put his copyright stamp on my image.

As far as I can tell, none of these are commercial sites where they're actually selling a product. But a few are sites that are intended to drive business. One of the sites using my image is for Psychology Today. I'm sure the clinic is trying to drum up business, but they're using my image to do so.

Does this happen to everyone out there? I thought about filing a claim in small claims court locally, just for the amount of a fair usage fee, but I have no idea if that's even realistic. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Claudia



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