TinEye - Looking for your copyrighted images online just got easier
17 March 2009
Although protecting your online images with tools like the Image Guardian action is a great first step it is also worth copyright owners keeping track of how their images are being used online.
TinEye from Idée Inc is a search engine with a difference. Either upload an original or give it the URL of an image online and it will trawl through it's archives looking for images that match. In my tests the results looked very promising and it even returned images that were clearly derived from the original.
Although the image database is currently quite small (compared to the total number of images online) the service is still in beta and you can always request their spider crawl a site to add more content.