TinEye Adds Index of iStock, PhotoShelter

Posted on 1/15/2010 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (1)

PicScout and Idée have long been neck-in-neck in offering image-tracking solutions and underlying image recognition technology. The latest announcement from Idée founder Leila Boujnane suggests the two companies may continue competing on another turf: online image attribution.

 Idée’s image-to-image search engine TinEye is adding more than 32 million images to an index that already exceeds 1.2 billion images. The new additions include the entire iStockphoto and PhotoShelter image collections. “This is great news for photographers, image buyers and anyone interested in copyright compliance and attribution,” said Boujnane.

 In a post that appears to be a counterpoint to PicScout’s recent image-registry and supporting product launches, Boujnane states: “As TinEye’s index grew, TinEye became the defacto image registry... This is what we like to call the beginning of the attribution movement.”

She stresses that TinEye connects images available for licensing to their creator and distributor. Over 500,000 people use the TinEye Firefox add-on. Idée plans to add other stock companies’ collections to its index in the near future.

Copyright © 2010 Julia Dudnik Stern. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz


  • Paul Melcher Posted Jan 15, 2010
    Funny how Tineye decides to help out microstock and independent photographers while ignoring the huge professional market of established photo agencies.

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