With many bloggers, Tumblrs and liberty-taking companies treating the web as a free resource for any images they may stumble across, photographers and illustrators need to keep an eye out on who’s “borrowing” their work without permission.
There’s quite a few resources out there for ‘reverse searching’ images, but our current favourite is Src Img, a nifty free bookmarklet that lets you see if your web images are enjoying an unannounced second life elsewhere.
To start seeking out online pilferers, go to the Src Img website, and follow their instructions to drag the link on to the bookmarks bar in your browser.
Then, when you’re on a web page where you want to track down images, just click this link and you’ll see question marks appear over all the images.
Click on the one you’re interested in, and a new window will open up showing identical/similar matches.
The service is powered by Google Image Search, and seems very effective: our first try found four websites using one of our images without permission. The rotters.
Letters have been sent, natch.
[Alternative Reverse Image Search: TinEye]