Finding Copyright Infringements of Your Artwork on the Internet

"Tree of Life ©2001 Marian Osher www.marianosher.com

“Tree of Life ©2001 Marian Osher http://www.marianosher.com

How you can find out if your artwork has been infringed on the internet.
I discovered widespread infringements of my “Tree of Life” artwork.

The best way to find if your artwork has been infringed is to do a reverse image search. Most infringements occur without credit to the artist. The URL and title of your image will probably have been changed.  So a text search will yield very limited and incomplete results.

The Google image search tool is the one I use.
I learned about this tool, thanks to Michael Auger, a talented artist and former student of mine.
Here’s a link to how to search Google by image:
http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html
Or use this link to the Google Image Search tool: http://www.google.com/imghp  Then upload the image you want to search for.
You can also access the Google image search tool on any browser page by clicking Google, then click on images on the upper right side of the page. When you see the camera icon in the white horizontal search box, drag and drop your image in the search box.

What you will see:
1. The image at the top of the page with links to All sizes – Small – Medium. Click on the image or the hot links to the sizes.
If you see your artwork, click on it to reveal the Visit page or View image links.
2. Lower on the page you will see a group of thumbnail images under the words Visually similar images. Click on the words Visually similar images and can scroll through images. If you see your art, click on it and it will give you a link to Visit page or View image
2. You will also see a list of Pages that include matching images. Click on the image or click on the highlighted text link above the thumbnail image. If there is a small green triangle at the end of the website address, that means that the page is cached.  Click the green triangle to open the cached file. As long as the infringed jpeg is still on the web, it can still be accessed and infringed by others.

Another Reverse Image Search Tool
tineye.com is another reverse image search tool where you can upload your image to search for a match.

If you don’t see images that match your artwork, don’t feel disappointed.
Be Grateful! You will save hours and days of time if your artwork is not infringed!

Watch for future posts about how to address infringements and how to protect your artwork.

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6 Responses to “Finding Copyright Infringements of Your Artwork on the Internet”

  1. Bloggers, Don’t Do What I Did. Pay Attention When Selecting Images and Make Sure You Have Permission to Use Them | Dating Dementia Says:

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  2. Hollis Hildebrand-Mills Says:

    Thank you for the valuable tips, Marian!

  3. denicegigoux Says:

    I just learned about this and although I don’t believe I have infringed on anyone’s original artwork, you can bet I will be “uber” careful moving forward. Thank you to the very humble Nancy Wurtzel’s blog on BlogHer who helped me learn about how to avoid this moving forward and how to go back and check to make sure you have not inadvertently taken someone’s original art and used it unwittingly.

    • Marian Osher Says:

      Hi Denice, Thank you so much for your comment. I’ll be writing more posts on this subject, to help educate users and creatives about copyright issues, and how to protect creative work. Unfortunately, I had to spend several hours today sending more notifications to websites about infringements of my “Tree of Life” artwork. So your encouragement is music to my ears. Marian

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