PhotoTracker Lite is the new free plugin to help you find photo thieves on the web
It’s no secret. Copyright theft is rife on the Internet. Finding online photo thieves to send DMCA takedown notices and a bill is even a full time job for some people. But what if you want to look for yourself? Well, there are a few services out there, but checking them all individually, manually, can be a very time consuming process.
Now, thanks to PhotoTracker Lite, it just got a whole lot easier to find copies of your images around the web. It’s available as an extension for Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi and Yandex.Browser. Essentially, it gives you a right click context menu that brings up searches in the four most popular reverse image search engines out there.
Specifically, that’s Google Images, Yandex Images, Bing’s ImageMatch and TinEye.com. Upon installing the extension in Chrome, a new icon appears on your address bar where you can choose which of these engines you wish to use.
Then, as you’re browsing around the web, or looking at your own images through your browser, you can utilise it in two ways. You can either right click on the image and choose “Look up this pic” from the menu.
Or, if right click is disabled on the website you happen to be on, you can click the little magnifying glass down in the bottom right hand corner of the image.
This then brings up each of your chosen search engines in their own tabs. Each is already populated with the image and any matching results.
It doesn’t really add anything we couldn’t do ourselves already, but it does speed up the process quite a bit. If you’ve got a lot of images to sift through, it could shave hours off your time. While Google Image’s reverse image search is already built into Chrome, it isn’t perfect. Other engines will often find results that Google doesn’t.
So, it’s worth checking out and giving a try. You can find out more and download it for yourself on the PhotoTracker Lite website. And, if you do find matching results, be sure to swing by Pixsy to help you recover that stolen income.
What’s your favourite reverse image search engine? Have you found others stealing your work? Have you pursued it with satisfactory results? Did you go after them yourself or did you use a service like Pixsy? Let us know in the comments, and tell us your experiences.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.