Does TinEye really work to find my pictures?

Hope everyone is having a fun April fools, I got duped by today. They changed their name to Topeka and it wasn’t until a few minutes later that I realized what day it was! Good one.

But on another note, most of you know how I like to keep track of my images when used on other sites. I use several tools and methods to do it and one specific reverse image search tool has become a favorite of mine. I browse the Internet with Firefox, not IE and use a plugin called TinEye. In the past, the database of images they had was low so it didn’t work so well. A few months ago I started using it again about once a week to randomly check some of my images, and last week I finally got a hit!

One of my images, along with a few others, was uploaded to flickr by someone in a different state. They uploaded the images as their own, which is a big no, no. I followed my regular method of removing the pictures from the site. (You can read about how to do it here.) TinEye is not perfect, but using it as a plugin rather than directly from their website makes it much easier to use. I must admit that if I had to go to their site to check on an image, I wouldn’t, but as a plugin its great. Its a matter of right clicking over one of my images on this site and clicking the plugin. Within a few seconds it tells me if my picture is found on another site in the Internet.

So does TinEye really work? I think it does, at least a little.

2 thoughts on “Does TinEye really work to find my pictures?

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    April 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Its quite an amazing piece of software. As an amateur photographer I am not as careful about protecting my photos and have them up on flickr, without watermarks. As a result, I ran TinEye a few times last year and found 3 photos being used all over the place. On on a lingerie website, one guy using one as his Icon Image for a motoring forum website, and another appears to have been used as the cover image for a CD of techno songs in Europe….. I wouldn’t mind so much if they at least gave me credit and sent me a copy of the CD!

    Cover of In Da Club – Vol 15

    From a square cropped version of this photo that I uploaded for a short time, as an experiment in partial desaturation.

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    April 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, I checked out the two links and yes, they definitely stole you picture. I agree, many photographers, like me, would probably be ok most of the time as long as we were asked before its used. And if used for profit, then I don’t think its too much to ask for them to pay for the image.

    BTW, love all your pictures. I was actually looking at your stream earlier this week. The “fly” picture you have caught my eye! Thanks for stopping by!


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