Flickr, a photo-sharing website is offering subscribers some copy-protection tools which can detect whether their images have been copied without their consent.Pro subscribers of Flickr will have the opportunity to monitor almost 1,000 images and also send claims of automated copyright to companies or people using their photos.
“We want our photographers to feel comfortable sharing their work online,” said Andrew Stadlen from Flickr.
The tools for copy-detection shall be provided by a U.S. start-up Pixsy. Pro subscribers of Flickr can send almost 10 DMCA reports that are computer-generated for free. They will be also allowed to submit legal challenges and furthermore, seek compensation in case they realize their images are being used for commercial purposes without their permission. Pixsy said it won many legal claims for the photographers that used its system.
The BBC tested these tools with a few images. The tool found one of the pictures on 26 different websites which made it easier to find who had copied it from BBC and who had linked to the report.Another photograph of Cody was taken in the Los Angeles bureau of BBC and it showed a stunning result. The tools showed that a picture of Stormy Daniels was taken in the very same studio.
Although the photo showed a different person, the AI identified that both women were sitting in front of the same background.Pixsy has said that their AI is able to spot images which are turned into merchandise for the purpose of sale on sites like Etsy and Amazon.
For the sake of a final test, an image of Zoe Kleinman, a tech reporter was printed by the BBC and stuck on a mug.So far, the mug has not attracted any bids on eBay but the company says that often takes many hours for a new post to be indexed.