Google Makes Searching For Image Use Easy

Posted on 6/24/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

Google has released a new function that allows those who use Chrome or Firefox browsers to search the web for use of specific images. If you go to to you will see a little camera icon in the search box. Click on that icon and you get a popup that says “Search by Image.” Either paste an image URL or drag an image onto this search box you will get a view and list of the URL’s where that image can be found.

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  • Robert Henson Posted Jun 24, 2011
    I'm certainly not an ISP apologist, but their terms of service is modeled on a free exchange of any and all content and prevents any content owner from coming after them for merely displaying content in their search results. Such broad assertions do read as insidious, but the recent Google books settlement has convoluted how they can represent and display any works.

    The growing tension between piracy and ISPs like Google (anyone else?) is rapidly playing itself out. Post more stuff like this, Jim.

  • Gary Elsner Posted Jun 24, 2011

    In the paragraph discussing PicScout's services you incorrectly state that PicScout will "provide a report of just those instances where unauthorized uses are found." PicScout will provide a report for all uses they find. The photographer or agency then needs to determine which - if any are actually licensed legitimately as opposed to being a possible infringement.

    Gary Elsner

  • Offir Gutelzon Posted Jun 25, 2011
    Jim, two comments,
    1. your were right to say that PicScout is giving different level of service, the different is that PicScout will report only those which will be considered Commercial use, we have no way to know if the usage is infringement or not.

    2. Photo Buyers better using also PicScout ImageExchange add-on which will be complementary , ImageExchange can show the source to license the image, and with one click direct it back to the site

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