Google - Do no evil?
Google is famous for its motto "do no evil" but when it comes to copyright protection individual creators, I would argue they are in league with the devil.
Google Images allows one to search the web for images based on keyword or even to search for images based on another image. This is great for overall exposure of ones image but the problem is the images come up with no copyright information.
With all the amazing products that Google has brought out and all the money and talent they have, don't you think they could come up with a way to display an images copyright information in the search?
With all of their expertise in selling online advertising don't you think they could come up with a way to work with stock agencies so that buying information would come up when say a Dreamstime image is in the search results?
Google could partner with a Dreamstime so that a potential buyers could purchase the images right from the search results.
Or Google could decide to totally bypass the agencies and start offering their own stock service. Imagine this, if the stock agencies don't move first, Google could have a sign up area where users could register individual images and then receive payments when they get downloaded.
I do see where in the advanced search function one can search for:
- All images, regardless of license labeling
- Only images labeled for reuse. Conditions might apply. More info
- Also limit to images labeled for:
- Commercial use
But the majority of users are probably clueless about copyrights and usage, so I'd expect a company like Google who basically earns its money off the efforts of content providers to do more to educate its users about copyrights.
Of course it also starts with education. I know my son's middle school emphasizes sourcing all data, but I'm not sure about images. I don't believe they teach anything about copyrighting on images.
UPDATE: I found this great idea for revenge on photo thieves. Perhaps Dreamstime could automate something like this:
UPDATE: Actually thinking about this more perhaps its the browser manufacturers who could help out the most. Microsoft, Google etc could include a copyright feature in the browsers which would allow the view to see copyright information about any photo from information embedded in the image.