Determine if an Image You Are Using Is Stolen
Edited by Richelle, Eng, JMA, Graeme and 2 others
With today's technology, we can search the internet and check for our images and determine if they have been stolen or misused. While many already know there is a plagiarism checker for the articles we write, some may not realize there is also what is called Reverse Image Search engine query that is available online and with Google Image Search itself. It can make our lives easier, tracking our photos for duplicates and other related results on the net. It works especially well for the hardworking photographer and others on the internet. The reverse image search engine has content-based image retrieval (CBIR), meaning it analyzes the content of the image, referring to the texture, color, shape, or other information and characteristics of the image other than of the meta tag such as text, tag and description. This content will become the basis of the application to arrive at their result. Though it's not 100 percent accurate when the image has been altered, there is still a big chance of finding related results for the specific image. Below are the methods you can use to determine if an image your are using is stolen.
- 1 Common Reverse Search Engine
- 2 How to use Google Image Reverse Image search?
- 3 OTHER CASES
- 4 How to use Tineye
- 5 STEPS
- 6 Comments
Common Reverse Search Engine
There are lots of reverse search engines that can be found on the web, but below are the most common application that you can use
- Google Image
- Tin Eye
How to use Google Image Reverse Image search?
OPTION 1: If you have the image located on your desktop
OPTION 2: Drop your image directly to the Google Search
OPTION 3: If you have the image URL
How to find the image URL? Just right click the image. Then you will see "Copy image URL".
Follow the step 1 and 2 from the option 1, then paste the URL in the URL box.
OPTION 4: Simply right click the image and choose the "Search Google for this image"
Sometimes thieves try to alter your work by resizing the images, making them blurry, changing them to grayscale or taking a screenshot. You can also try searching for the different image variations.
Sample Result of Reverse image search on screenshot image
How to use Tineye
OPTION 1: When your image is located on your desktop
OPTION 2: Drag the image from your folder down to the URL box in the Tineye page.
- 4You will have the same result like what we did in option 1
OPTION 3: You can search using Tineye by placing the URL in the URL code box
- 3Or you may use your keyboard to paste, by pressing Ctrl + V.
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