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?
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.