Posts Tagged ‘Tree of Life art by Marian Osher’

Finding Copyright Infringements of Your Artwork on the Internet

February 9, 2014
"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.

Copyright Violations on the Internet

January 25, 2014
"Tree of Life ©2001 Marian Osher www.marianosher.com

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

In early October, 2013 I was horrified to discover widespread copyright infringements on the internet, of my “Tree of Life” original artwork which I created in 2001. The scope of these infringements has been worldwide. Products were made and offered for sale using my “Tree of Life” artwork. This same artwork was taken and used as avatars and profile images. It was displayed on websites and blogs with sharing, all without my permission and without my knowledge or credit.

Since October, I have had to spend countless hours of time taking screenshots of infringements, writing and sending notifications to websites, locating hosts of websites as well as translating notifications into a variety of languages.  It has been a nightmare!  It has affected my sleep and my peace of mind, and has significantly cut into my studio time.

Artists BEWARE! This can happen to you.  It is NOT flattering when someone takes your artwork and posts it without credit and without your permission.  It is painful, and you will wake up in the middle of the night knowing that the integrity of your artwork, your creation has been compromised.  You will feel creatively violated!

Users, please think before you take an image from the internet.  Remember, SOMEONE created that artwork, and if you can’t find the source to ask permission, DON’T USE IT!

Although I am still in the throes of notifications and removal requests, I have learned a lot from this awful experience.  So I have decided to turn it into something positive for other creatives and for users of the internet. In future postings,  I will write about tools which have helped me to get removals, as well as how artists can protect their images on the web.  I also want to help educate users of the internet to understand and be aware of the damage they cause to the creative community when artwork is taken and used without permission and without credit to the artist. Remember the golden rule.  And remember that there are copyright laws that apply to the internet.

My “Tree of Life” artwork ©2001 Marian Osher is filed for registration with the US Copyright Office.