How to find your photos being used online without your permission

July 14, 2011 · 6 comments

in Business,Resources,Tutorials

Have you ever seen one of your photos being used without your permission? I have, and although at first I was flattered that they liked my work enough to steal it, I felt violated. They really could have asked.

So how can you tell if there are images of yours floating around the web, that you don’t know about? Easy. Open Google Images, and drag one of your photos (low res works fastest) into the search bar. Google finds sites that have the same image, as well as a list of visually similar images.

This is how it looks – although this image was used with my permission!

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Bryan July 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Brilliant, I am a Google freak and I did not even know about this.. thanks Rikki

rikki hibbert July 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

Thanks Bryan! :-) Let me know if you know of any other tricks for online photos?

Julian July 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

This is great for any design work too.

rikki hibbert July 18, 2011 at 10:02 am


Doggy Dessert Chef October 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Thank you for this information. I decided to try it with a couple of my pictures and I was shocked to see them being used on several different sites, something I would have never found with out you and this great tip. :)

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