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Looking for stolen images on Google Images? Might not work!

Robinstockphotos
I tried it on my own photos after reading one article here about how you could find out if someone used your images without buying them. (Article was by admin...I recall).

So I tried to see if it works well enough. I put some of my own images temporarily in a Google blog, Facebook and a website (all of which are owned by me). But disappointing news!
It failed to work on any sites that aren't registered with Google (for search engine visibility).
It failed to report exact watermarked images placed on Google blogs. It may or may not show up. I guess it depended on the blog traffic or SEO or popularity.

I gave sufficient time for the images to get to all the servers (15 days is more than sufficient, right?)
So what is the trouble? I even typed in keywords. Still they don't turn up.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 12/09/2012, 01:47:19 AM
Bobbrooky
I would give google a little longer for this type of search, it usually brings mine up quite successfully.
170-500 Sigma zoom. Horseman 45HD field camera, various lenses, 6x9 a...
Posted: 12/09/2012, 11:31:46 AM
Red
Posted: 12/09/2012, 11:55:51 AM
Bobbrooky
Thanks for that Red.
170-500 Sigma zoom. Horseman 45HD field camera, various lenses, 6x9 a...
Posted: 12/09/2012, 12:06:50 PM
Robinstockphotos
Tried it all. But the thing is.......would someone who is using your photos without buying do all the SEO stuff? I'm not sure. But let's hope they don't take our stuff.

Dreamstime has a big enough logo to prevent any kind of usage without buying it I guess.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Edited: 12/09/2012, 13:52:00 PM
Dudau
Admin
The blog briefly explaining the procedure is here. If you do find stolen images, you have several options explained here.

It may take longer than 15 days for Google to index all images. However, it's still the best service at this moment, and let's not forget, it's free :)
Dreams
Posted: 12/09/2012, 15:23:46 PM
Lauriey
I've found several images, stolen and paid for, and even ones I put up. Ones with and ones without watermarks. Even ones within magazines (smaller image in larger page), cropped, streached, etc. I love the google search engine. BUT, it's free and it's not perfect.

You can also try tineye, I don't like it as much but it does find some that google misses. Either way, any new image you DO find with it is one more then you knew about without it. If it doesn't work you are not out anything but time.
D700, 14-24mm, 24-70mm 2.8, 70-200mm VRII, 50mm 1.4, 105mm Macro
Posted: 12/09/2012, 19:19:18 PM
Robinstockphotos
Maybe then. Well I guess something is better than nothing.
Anyway, when you have a big port I guess it becomes difficult to track your own images. Someone buys your image and uses it. Then someone copies it from his site and puts it somewhere else.

You know the problem with digital? Your computer receives what you see on the monitor.
That means your computer has the data it is showing, obviously.
That means it can be stolen.
55-250mm standard lenses. Dual tube macro flash and external speedlit...
Posted: 12/10/2012, 00:53:37 AM
Ajv123ajv
DT watermark images on this site!

Have a look and see if you can find any of yours?

http://miltonmarchioli.com.br/blog/2011/03/
Edited: 05/03/2013, 09:47:50 AM