Sadly, people seem to think that online images are for the taking. They either don’t know or don’t care about image copyright laws. Nor do they stop to think that the photographer or artist should be compensated for their work. It is very difficult for an individual to protect their online images.
But that may be about to change. In an April 9 blog post, the photo-sharing service Flickr announced a partnership with Pixsy. Pixsy is an image monitoring service that can help you find and fight image theft.
A member of Flickr recounted how he uses Pixsy. In one case, he found one of his images on an album cover on iTunes! Pixsy helped him detect copyright infringement and get fairly compensated for unauthorized use of his images
Flickr claims to be the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. It has changed a bit since I first joined. In order to survive financially, Flickr was purchased by Smug Mug. It still has a free option, but the Pro option has many features that make it quite attractive. One of the new features is Pixsy.
Pixsy provides a wide range of services from monitoring your images to sending legally binding takedown notices on a global level to have your image removed. You can even submit a case to Pixsy’s legal department to recover lost revenue on your behalf. And Pixsy doen’t get paid unless you do.
You may ask if you need image protection. Here’s one way to find out.
- Go to Google.com
- Click on Images in the upper right corner. This should take you to the Google Images search box.
- Click on the Camera which says Search by Image when your mouse is over it.
- Click on Upload an Image and choose an image from your computer
Google will search the internet and display any visually similar images.
The focus of Flikr is on photography, but I see no reason this would not work for images of fine art as well. You can read more about Pixy at https://www.pixsy.com