Google Street View: Restaurants and Shops Need to Get Clickin’

Google has finally connected Google Local Business Center and Street View to help people identify businesses by location and photograph. This is just another step along the way to full augmented reality using digital compass, GPS and camera applications.   This, combined with the new Picassa photographs on Street View (cool as hell) and we’ll finally…

Google Similar Image Search – Another Method of Copyright Infringement Detection?

The unauthorized use of photography is a major concern for photographers who license their images for use on the web. Technologies such as PictScout Image Tracker are used by stock photography companies to scour the web looking for unauthorized uses of their photographs by websites and blogs have been around for a while. Now, Google has released a beta version of Similar Image search. Will this change the landscape?

Managed Rights Media & User Created Content- Birth of a Litigation Underground?

It’s the era of user-created content. Is there a minefield being laid by more and more sophisticated crawling tools employed by the stock agencies, the increase in user-created media, and the pinch felt by artists as microstock and low-cost stock shops grow. For those of us managing dozens or even hundreds of sites, it is very, very easy for an unauthorized image or illustration to make its way into a website. And then the fur will fly.