As a photographer, wouldn’t it be great if you knew who stole your images and used them on their website? Not only because you don’t want your intellectual property floating around on some random website, but also so that you can get the money you deserve from the people unlawfully publishing or even selling your images.
We will tell you how you can find your images via reverse image search (even if their colors and/or cropping have been altered), how you can prevent random websites from using them, and how you can be compensated.
You will learn all about reverse image search, find out why it is important for photographers, and learn what you can do once you discover that one of your images has been stolen. You will also hear a testimony from Germany’s top photographer, who has had his photos stolen.
What is reverse image search?
Reverse image search uses search engines to find similar images to the image you either uploaded from your desktop or phone or from which you pasted its URL.
This can be useful when you’re lacking keywords, trying to find related content or searching for your photos on sites that don’t have permission to publish them.
Think about your artistic nude photo on a porn website or your last vacation photo displayed on a travel advertisement all over the web, for example.
Why is reverse image search important for you as a photographer?
Nowadays, it’s so easy to steal images online. Some people knowingly do it. Others think they can distribute and use any pictures they find online, whether the photos are taken off of Google, Instagram or Facebook.
But that’s not the case. Your images are yours and as long as you haven’t given third parties your permission to use them, for example via a CC license, you can claim your copyright. Also, be careful that you haven’t consented to any “hidden” terms and conditions, because – let’s be honest – most of us are likely to skip over them.
Your images may appear on sites you don’t want them to and sites you haven’t given permission to. You may even find your photos plugged into videos or advertisements, used in newspapers, or even sold by third parties. YES, that’s other people selling YOUR work WITHOUT your consent!
So, if you don’t want any of this to happen, reverse image search can help you find the people who are stealing images, and even money, from you.
Who offers reverse image search, and how can you reverse search for images?
Search engines like Google and Bing, as well as the site Tineye offer reverse image search. You can upload your own image or paste an image URL, and the search engine will show you the various websites where your image can be found.
Here at LAPIXA, you just have to upload your images, and our advanced algorithm will find the copies of your work on the web. You will even get your personal account manager. This service is completely free of charge. Once we have found your stolen images via reverse image search, you will decide which cases you want to submit. At the end, you will take home the money you deserve. Another benefit of LAPIXA: You won’t have to check your images over and over again. When you upload a photo into your LAPXIA Account, you’ll be notified via email when it pops up anywhere on the web.
Google will store your images “to make [their] products and services better,” whereas Tineye explicitly states that they do not save your photos.
To conduct a reverse image search with photos from your mobile phone or tablet, you will have to visit reverse.photos and upload your image there. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way – send yourself an email with your photos attached, download them onto a desktop and let Google perform the reverse image search.
You discovered one of your images has been used without your permission – now what?
First things first, screenshot the website that used your image and save it as proof.
You can search for the contact information on the website and write a letter to the person responsible for stealing your photo, asking them to take down your image.
If you can’t find that person, contact the web host of the website you found your image on and fill out a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) form. They will promptly take down the content:
Or you can simply use LAPIXA, especially if you decide to take legal action against image theft. LAPIXA will not only help you with finding your images, but also with claiming your rights – internationally! All you have to do is upload your photos and we take care of the rest.
,How can LAPIXA help me once I find out my images are being used without my permission?
Our team and our international lawyers will assist you with everything from finding your (modified) images to claiming your rights and receiving money for the unlawful use by third parties of your photos. You receive 57 % of the money we earn back for you.
Even more, our web interface is easy to use and you can contact us anytime you need help.
LAPIXA helped renown photographer Calvin Hollywood
Calvin Hollywood, one of Germany’s most sought-after photographers, has already used LAPIXA to his benefit. After he uploaded his images, we helped him hunt down the image thieves and enforced his copyrights with the help of our lawyers.
Not only was he surprised at how fast our process was, but he was also grateful to have discovered his stolen images and, of course, add money to his bank account after LAPIXA’s lawyer handled his case. In an interview, he told us:
“The most valuable take away from my experience is that LAPIXA is the simplest and most effective way to get insights about where and how your images are being used on the internet – and get the compensation you deserve. For that, I can only recommend that each photographer give it a try.”
You can find the complete interview with Calvin Hollywood here.
Now, are you ready to find out if your images have been used without your permission? And most importantly, are you ready to cash in on the money you deserve?