Please don't steal my photos

Regular readers of this blog will know that I post from time to time when my photos get used on other websites. I do this mostly as a way of noting it down somewhere, as well as because I find it slightly exciting.

Google are rolling out a new reverse image search which is available for some people using the Chrome browser. If you go to images.google.com and there's a camera icon in the search box, then you've got it.

I did a search for one of my popular pictures on flickr (below) and found 18 places which are using it. I started contacting the websites saying they were using it without permission, but gave up after a couple. You are allowed to use it so long as it's not for commercial purposes, and as long as I get credit. Those sites weren't. I'm not really that annoyed, as it's not as I make money out of my photos, but it's the principle of the thing. Most of the sites are visitors guides to Cadbury World, one of which looks a bit like an official one, but isn't.

Hot chocolate

Comments

Paul Merrill said…
Thanks for the reminder about this new tool, Paul.

It's interesting to play with. But as with most tools on the web, it's not perfect. I took my little image from: http://pmerrill.com/2011/06/stop/ - of which I have several similar versions - and it wasn't smart enough to find them.

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