The Dilemma When Chasing Unauthorized Uses

Posted on 4/23/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

In order to earn significant money from licensing stock images it is almost mandatory to make the images available through more than one large stock image distributor. But having images with multiple distributors also makes it almost impossible to determine if there has been an infringement. While it is easy enough to determine if an image has been used on the Interne, it is often almost impossible to determine if the image was legally licensed.


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  • Irina Terentyeva Posted Apr 24, 2015
    It depends. Sometimes it is necessary to make a complaint if the image has image watermark, or as an image source is specified Google.

  • Irina Terentyeva Posted Apr 24, 2015
    I even say more. More than half of the companies to which we submitted claims of unlicensed using our images have become our clients. They just did not know that they have to buy images.

  • Uri Lavi Posted Apr 27, 2015
    The identification isn't as easy as it described in the article, however chasing the unauthorized use is definitely a challenging task and not only from the sales history perspective.

    You have to have a complete understanding of the actual usages, applicable laws and the right collection methods.

    That's why PicScout End to End (EtE) service, as one stop shopping that allows identification AND collection of the infringement fees is very successful.

    It is also effective when the sales history is somewhat incomplete or missing as our experience shows that around 80% of the found content is unauthorized.

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