We all like to dress up our websites with a bit of graphics here and there, but we also need to know that no one is going to come after us for the wrongful use of said photos or graphics. There is a way to check this out, this also applies to if you want to see if anyone has taken one of your images and put it to use on one of their sites.
You may find it flattering that others are putting your images to use, in a way stating that they feel your images are good enough to post on their own space; but there are those that do not appreciate you using their images for even a moment of time.
In my opinion I would tend to think that if the photos are tied to a professional in any way there is a good chance that they will not appreciate you using any of their images without authorization. If you are uncertain about an image that you have been given you can run a check on the image.
Here is where we introduce TinEye; you can either upload your image or enter your URL at TinEye.com – TinEye is a reverse image search engine. TinEye will do a search of the image and show you all web locations that contain copies of the photo, graphic or jpeg. I personally think TinEye is kind of cool.
What can you use TinEye for?
- Do your can research on questionable images. If you are unsure of who an image may or may not belong to, TinEye is the image search tool that you want to use.
- You can take a gander at who may be using your image if you like to feel good about your own images being used by others; an ego boost.
- Perhaps you are a professional photographer and you would like to see if there has been any copyright infringement or maybe just so that you can see how your photos are being used.