If you want to search for one of your photos on the internet, use Google images! It’s so easy…
- open the image you want to search for,
- open Google Images (see below) – www.google.co.uk, then click Images,
- drag your image onto the Google Images window, and a ‘drop your image here’ box will appear.
Google will now show you the websites containing your images!
I have started by trawling the web to look for any unauthorised use of my photographs which have been published on my Flickr account – and there are quite a few! This crowd photo has been used a couple of times…
I have asked a number of sites to make a payment; they pay their staff, they pay their web host, they pay the sandwich lady, and they make a living out of trading on their websites – so why should they feel it’s OK to rip off my pictures?
I would like readers to appreciate that there are a number of causes – charities, sports, and the like – that I am quite happy to support with my photography (they know who they are), and I’m quite happy to share photos with my friends (they know who they are too); but like anybody who uses their time and equipment to make and sells things for a living – I’m not going to stand by to have my products stolen for someone else’s gain.
UPDATE: One company has apologised for the oversight and has paid my PayPal invoice. Go for it!
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