And the day has come!

posted on 11th of august, 2010

Why not searching for my images’ web usage today? I asked myself and started my journey with TinEye, a very useful tool, although limited… to 100 searches/day. At least I didn’t waste too much time…

Actually it wasn’t a waste of time at all.
I started with ‘the one’ and my only Level 4 image

and wow! found it on


which is a Middle East business news website. And I was soooooo thrilled! You know, the first time… but I wanted more… and searched and searched… until I discovered my second image

waiting for me on a Financial Times blog

Strange feeling… but great!
And the story goes on. I decided to search my Level 2 images as well. My on-line banking image

was used in an article on a entrepreneurial and self-employed business journal established in Forth Wayne, IN, US.
Here is the link

And even if it's about an image of mine I don't like at all, I was pleased to find this crap of picture

on a comparison British website

This wasn’t the last one. I was slightly amused to find another image ironically entitled ‘Thank you’ on a private blog, but this time with Dreamstime watermark on.

Thank you!

I am sure there are some more. And I’m not thinking just about mine. If you are curious, take some time to browse with TinEye or another software for image search. It might be a small accomplishment, but it’s an extra boost of motivation.
... and fun :)

Good luck!

Comments (13)

Posted by Wildmac on August 17, 2010
Congratulations! It's great when you find them :)
Posted by Digitalexpressionimages on August 12, 2010
Thanks for the head's up on TinEye. I did a test using one of my commercial photos and wouldn't you know I found an illegal usage almost immediately.

Posted by Noonie on August 12, 2010
Cool! Except for the stolen one.....
Posted by Miluxian on August 12, 2010
Thanks guys.
@ Catalin: simply paste your image's URL and if it does not work, upload the image (or thumbnail) you are looking for.
Posted by Scottysally2 on August 12, 2010
Must be great feeling to find all those images, well done. :)
Posted by Irisangel on August 11, 2010
Wow! you found a lot of your images! Good for you! Great images by the way.
Posted by Editor77 on August 11, 2010
and how u can find an imagine with TinEye?
Posted by Morphers82 on August 11, 2010
As long as i get paid, which I just got my first paycheck from Dreamstime, I don't really care who uses my images.
Posted by smartview27 on August 11, 2010
Thanks for sharing the informations!
Posted by Antoinettew on August 11, 2010
Indeed, you must be very pleased. Great to find your images used somewhere on the Net.
Last week I found one of mine; it gave me a happy feeling.
Posted by Egomezta on August 11, 2010
Congratulations.... Great
Posted by Davulcu on August 11, 2010
Thanks to all buyers but I never mind and wonder where my images are being used.
Posted by Mani33 on August 11, 2010
Great finding & thanks for reminding to use TinEye :)

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