If you are a regular online user, you will understand that image theft has become the order of the day as people usually go to google and download any images for their uses which obviously goes against the policy of internet usage especially for images that have been copyrighted.
What is Copyright
According to Wikipedia, copyright is a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the exclusive right to make copies of creative work, usually for a limited time.
This means that it is absolutely wrong for anyone to go to google and download images for commercial use without the consent of the original creator.
Such a person can be sue for copyright infringement to a ton of $750 to $30,000 per infringement and if an infringement is proven in court, statutory damage can be as high as $150,000 per offense.
So it’s better to desist from downloading images from google for commercial purposes instead, you can use sites like pexel, pixbay, etc to download images you want.
These are photo stock sites where you can freely use images both for commercial and personal use without copyright infringement and you can find millions of images in different categories there.
Although you can get images with no copyright on google by following these process to find them.
- Go to the image tab on google and click tools
- You will see user right, click it and you will find creative commons licenses
These are images that are free to use for commercial and personal purposes. But it is best you use the photo stocks site as it will give you a lot of images to choose from.
How do I copyright my images ?
In other to copyright your images, you must visit pixsy or copyright.gov and register to copyright, after that, you must specify that you want to copyright a photograph and click the register to photograph
Follow the instruction and you are good to go.
However, you also need to monitor your copyrighted image online should in case someone somewhere decides to use your images without your approval. That’s another opportunity to make money off someone who infringes on your copyrighted images.
One of the best tool to use is Pixsy
Pixsy helps you find and fight image theft. You can easily find how and where your images are used online without your permission.
This tool helps you monitor and control who has access to your images and help you fight it or take it down.
How to use Pixsy?
- You will sign up for free here and fill in your details
- Click the image tap to import all your copyrighted images, you can either choose to synchronize it with other platforms online to monitor in real-time and you upload your images through import from google drive, dropbox, or computer.
- Once it uploaded, it will take 5 minutes to scan your image and find where it is been used on the web.
- When a match is discovered when you click the match tab, you can choose to either take action, flag it, or simply ignore it.
You can take action by submitting the case to pixsy as their case manager will handle every step of your case and negotiate on your behalf.
You will be notified about the status of your case on the cash dashboard and email notification. Payments are usually remitted within 14-21 days of receipt to the payment method of your choice.
Here is the case processing timeline
Send Legal Take Down Notice
Through pixsy, you can use automated take down tool which allows to send legally binding take down notice to hosts and sites around the globe that include social media platforms too.
The great thing about this tool is that it will show you the date, the country, page title, URL, and image URL where your images are used so that you can visit it and take legal action against the offender.