Find and fight image theft with these online services. Great for pro photographers looking to protect their copyright or for enthusiasts looking to spot rip-off artists.
By Greg Scoblete
The United States Copyright Office (USCO)
The interface may be a bit outdated and the process can be a bit clunky, but USCO registration is the ultimate tool for protecting your images and recouping the maximum amount of money possible from infringers. While your copyright exists the moment your work is created, registration can help you collect statutory damages from infringers. Images can be registered with the USCO individually or in batches, and processing times take an average of seven months (provided the government is open…)
PRICE: starting at $35
Using reverse image search and AI-powered sorting tools, Pixsy continuously monitors the web for instances of illicit image use. Possible cases of infringement are organized by country, commerciality and other metrics that are searchable, so you can quickly drill down on the most interesting/outrageous infringers. The service can send legally compliant takedown notices in over 35 jurisdictions (including the U.S., EU, Japan, China, Russia and India) in over 15 languages. Pixsy is integrated with a wide range of image and cloud storage services so you can import images to your account quickly. Integrations include SmugMug, Photoshelter, Flickr, Instagram, EyeEm, 500Px, Google Drive and Dropbox, among others. When a case of infringement is found, Pixsy sics its legal team on the accused and handles all aspects of litigation and claim recuperation. You’ll only pay in the event your case is successful, in which case you’ll get 50 percent of the final settlement.
When you sign up for ImageRights, you’ll gain access to an image search algorithm that scours the web for duplicates and possible rip-offs of your creative work. Possible instances of infringement are filtered by the type of site (website or social media) and ranked, giving you a bird’s-eye view on which cases you’d like to pursue or not. The company will front your legal expenses and provides you with an attorney to prosecute your claim. ImageRights will also help you file your copyrights with the USCO. ImageRights creates blockchain-based records of your image’s copyright as well as any instances of infringement. ImageRights has a free Lightroom plugin that lets you upload an image or a set of images to the service and start the process of copyright registration. The plugin also enables you to download U.S. Copyright registration data and add it to your image file’s metadata or filter your image collection by copyright registration status. ImageRights’ Pilot program is a 30-day free trial with protection for 100 images and you’ll keep 45 percent of the net recovery of any successfully prosecuted infringement cases. A Launch tier offers protection for up to 1,000 images and a free year of USCO copyright registration (when paid for annually). Finally, the Ascent tier offers protection for 25,000 images and the opportunity to keep 50 percent of the net recovery. You’ll also get three USCO copyright registrations if you pay annually.
PRICE: $29/month (Launch); $49/month (Ascent)
Picture Protection Service
Formerly the Copyright Defense League, Picture Protection Service searches the web for “actionable” cases of infringement (i.e. commercial cases) and then pursues those infringers in tandem with a partner law firm. You won’t incur upfront costs, but will share any winnings with the company. Not everyone can sign up for the service, however. According to company co-founder Randy Taylor, most clients are invited to join. Picture Protection Service also offers free copyright registration with the USCO.
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