How to Check Your Images or Photos for Plagiarism


Has someone stolen your image or photograph? Are they using it online and claiming it as their own? Eric Spellmann helps you easily get the answers to these questions in this video.He shows you step-by-step how to check your images against the billions that exist on the Internet for illegal copies. With drag-and-drop ease, you can guarantee the originality of your work in seconds.


Note from Eric: Below, you will find a word-for-word transcript of this video. I provide this as an aid for the hearing-impaired and for those who might just want to read it rather than watch the video. This conversational style is not reflective of how I write. Be nice! Hi I’m Eric Spellmann with Spellmann & Associates. And recently I’ve received a number of questions from people asking how do I check to see if my images have been copied by someone else? If my photos have been copied from my website and used on their site without my permission?

Well it’s really quite simple. First we need to go to Google. Notice in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a little link called Images. But if you don’t have that, you can also click here in the blank and type image search and hit Enter. As soon as you do, the first item that comes up is Google’s Image Search.

This allows you to search by image. In other words Google will look to see what images out there are similar to the image you put in the blank. Now, here is the big part as you’re wondering how do I put an image in the blank? It’s really quite simple.

Let’s go to Google Images and you’ll notice a couple of icons here like a camera and a microphone. What I’m gonna do is I will find the image i wanna check.

So you might go to your website. In this case I’ve gone to Coca Cola, a very well known image ie. their logo. So I am going to grab that image. Now the way I grab it is by holding down my left mouse button and not by simple pressing it once as that means clicking.

I’m gonna hold it down and then I’m gonna drag it out to this other tab. When i do so, it will switch back over to Google Images and now you’ll notice as I drag down I’m still holding that left mouse button down.

As I drag down the blank changes and it says “Drop Image Here.” The second I do that, Google does a search on the image. I can now scroll down and you will see visually similar images.

I click on that and Google will show me every image that it thinks is similar to what I just dropped in there. It’s really quite simple and it will give you all of the sites out there that it thinks have a picture that is similar to yours.

Another way and maybe a secondary lookup is using TinEye. Check it out on tineye.com. It’s free and works very similar to Google.

There’s a lot of questions people have all the time about their images and that’s one way to make sure that you’re protecting yourself.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to visit my website ericspellmann.com where I have a lot of videos on other online marketing, website and technology solutions. Just click on the videos in the menu bar out there. I’m Eric Spellmann; I’ll see you in cyberspace.