How to spot images used without license

posted on 12th of august, 2011

Following our new feature for contributors (Report misusage - DMCA notification) we'd like to explain some simple steps in spotting image misuse, or what we officially call copyright infringement.

Ok, if you didn't follow the link above, please stop, click on it, read it carefully and come back here when you're done.

Now that you've read it, let's see how can we spot those images being used without our consent/appropriate license using the Google image search engine.

Open a browser window and go to Dreamstime, then click on one of your images

Open a new window and go to Google Images. Drag your image from Dreamstime and drop it on Google Images....

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Comments (31)

Posted by K45025 on August 16, 2017
Hi ,
It will be very useful,
but I have the same problem as Ultra67:
I cannot find their email as requested by dreamstime.....
Posted by Ultra67 on February 10, 2016
I found some of my images with watermarks used on different sites.
What to do?
I cannot find their email as requested by dreamstime.....
Posted by Guernica on February 01, 2016
Thank you for the info. I found most several images of mine used with water marks on different sites and some buy it and sell it again on aliexpress com

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My best selling image

posted on 23rd of august, 2011

I worked for a business newspaper for almost three years. One day, I was shooting a boring conference in a tiny, but crowded room in an office building. The conference lasted for about 2 hours, but I got really really bored in the first half an hour.
So I got out, having nothing to do but waiting for the driver to come pick us up. Instead of just doing nothing, I started playing around with the camera. I also took 5 shots with the front door of the meeting room, where the conference was still in progress.

I was just playing, but the best shot with the front door turned out to be my best selling photo on Dreamstime. 122 downloads and counting. Oh wait, another one! 123 downloads and counting.

Seems like in photography any occasion can be a good occasion.
Here's the photo:

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Posted by Dudau on August 24, 2011
Thanks everybody! Don't forget to WRITE YOURS! @Keith: well, my assignment was different and pretty clear that day, and my contract was not exclusive, but long story short - the company went bankrupt and the newspaper was closed, so even if I had an exclusive contract (which I didn't), "they" don't exist anymore...
Posted by Laurasinelle on August 24, 2011
Great photo!
Posted by Kbkgraphx on August 24, 2011
Very cool... just as long as the newspaper doesn't consider the photo their property since you were working for them at the time.

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This article has been read 3136 times. 2 readers have found this article useful.

About me

Never in my life had I thought I would become a photographer... It all started as a small business, in a small town, for small money. I bought my first (small) camera to shoot graduation portraits in high schools. But then, having a digital camera, I took it anywhere with me, and shot everything I saw. This is how the passion grew on me. Photography soon became my passion, my job, my life. The passion got bigger, the camera got bigger, and the money also (because I never forgot about the business factor). Finding my passion and making money from it led to a beaut... [Read more]

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