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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

How to Check if Your Images are Being Stolen?

How to Check if Your Images are Being Stolen?


This is very simple and easy trick to track down your images which are being stolen from your blog or website and are being used by others. If your images are watermarked, it is possible that your images or watermark might get edited which is violation of copyrights and other people may earn from your images and you might not be aware about it. If your photo is worth a fortune then how would you feel if it is being used by others for FREE?

Why do you need to check for your images?

  • To check your photos that are being used on which sites without your permission.
  • To find origin of the images uploaded on multiple sites.
  • If you have downloaded any images and you could not figure out where it came from.

I will show you two tricks based on the same concept. 

1. This trick is basically to check for the piracy of your images that are stored in your PC.

Go to google.com and click on “Images” tab located at the top left corner of the page. Then at the center of the page you will see search box and in extreme right of search box you will find one “camera icon”.

Click on Camera icon
Click on Camera icon

As you will click on that “icon” it will ask you to "upload an image" or paste URL. Upload the image that you want to check
Select Upload an image
Select Upload an image
 
and Google will show you results of all the similar images of the uploaded image.

Similar results
Similar results



2. This trick is used to check for the images that are on website without downloading into your PC.

Go to the image that you want to check for piracy. “Right click” on image and select “copy image location” for Firefox users or “copy image address” for Safari users. Internet Explorer users “Right click” on photo and select “properties” and in that copy the image URL.

Select Copy image location
Select Copy image location

Now go to google.com and paste the URL in search box.

Paste URL
Paste URL

Once searched, click on “search by image” 

Click on Search by image
Click on Search by image

and Google will show all the results containing images that matched to your image.

Similar results
Similar results

 

How to lower the chances of images being stolen?


In today’s internet world now it is almost impossible to find the original owner of the photos if your photos are not watermarked. Still your watermarked images can be edited and can be given a different watermark. So I would advise you to keep your watermark on multi color background of your photos which makes it difficult for a stealer to edit the watermark and will ultimately reduces the chances of your watermark being edited. If your photo contains any human face then it is advisable to keep the watermark nearer to face because the editing of the face is most unlikely to occur and if it occurs, the chances of getting recognized are more.

Watermarked image
Watermarked image

In the above photo, you can see our watermark “www.freshtechnoworld.com“ kept at bottom right of the photo where it is very difficult to erase it.

If you have any query or need help, feel free to comment. It will be my pleasure to help you out.


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