If You Are a Photographer Protect Your Images

by | Nov 15, 2020 | Blog Posts | 0 comments

Protect your images online

Nowadays, there are many images uploaded online every day, so you can lose a lot if you do not know how to protect your images and intellectual property. As a creator, you should take responsibility to protect your work and make sure that no one will use it without your permission. We have all seen how some people use someone else’s intellectual property without the knowledge or agreement of their creators, and this may have a negative impact.

You can not keep track of everything online and as an artist, because I am sure you have something better to do.
Putting additional watermarks may work but isn’t the most effective option, especially when someone more advanced in image editing has decided to use your work without permission they may try he may try to remove it.

So in the rapidly growing world, and we need something better to be able to monitor over the internet and find if someone uses your photos without permission.

For such a case, I will share a few companies I’ve come across and which can help you find if anyone uses your work without permission. If you find that your works are being used, you can take action to prevent it.


Copytrack is a company based in Germany. They use sophisticated scanning equipment. Copytrack can detect website photo pirates and notify them by sending emails to violators to work out a licensing payment to the owner of the photo. If they do not respond, the company can take action in your favor and on your behalf and will do its best to win the case. The beauty of this is that If the company doesn’t want any money upfront but If it wins the case you will have to share the profit.

Permission Machine


There are other tools to protect your images and intellectual property other than Copytrack.
For example, Permission Machine is another company that does the same.  It offers image scanning technology so it can detect original images plus those that have been retouched and cropped. If Permission Machine settles a case directly, the damages are split 50-50 between the copyright holder and the company.



Pixsy is another online platform for creatives and image owners to discover where and how their images are being used online. Founded in 2014 by Daniel Foster, a photographer who was battling the problem of online image theft. Pixsy provides a powerful suite of tools and services to tackle the unauthorized use of images.

Picture Protection Service


Picture Protection Service (PPS) helps major rights holders worldwide – ranging from picture libraries and photo agencies to media businesses, publishers, and other large companies – to protect their image assets by enforcing their copyrights against unauthorized online commercial uses by US and Canadian infringers.


TinEye offers a number of computer vision, image recognition, and reverse image search APIs and solutions to help make your images searchable. It seems to be more complex and the image verification to be more advanced than previously mentioned. The company is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Whichever of these services is interesting to you, it’s a good idea to protect your content and, if it’s already posted somewhere without your permission, find a way to protect your images and intellectual property.


By Samuel Zlatarev

Samuel Zlatarev is a portrait, beauty, and fine art photographer. He started his photography career as a retoucher and soon started sharing his photography and retouching knowledge. Now he shares interesting stories, blog posts, tutorials, and documentation about portrait, beauty, fine art photography, and retouching with everyone who wants to learn and master their art skills.

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