Theft of images online is as easy as a screenshot or make click with the right button, but Flickr now alert the photographers if their image was copied or used without their authorization. Flickr announced an association with Pixsy, a system that alerts photographers to the possible theft of images online.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with Pixsy, a legal technology and image monitoring service, which helps photographers find and combat image theft, Flicker said in a statement. The reverse image search technology of Pixsy and A.I. monitor and protect your work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can control where and how your photos are used on the web. Pixsy also provides you with the tools to deal with any unauthorized use of your images in different ways.
While the Flickr image sharing platform is well known in the photographer community, Pixsy is a newcomer to this space. Established in 2014, Pixsy is a platform that uses artificial intelligence to track the web for replicas of an image. When discovered, Pixsy alerts the original photographer of possible theft.
With the integration, now photographers can link their basic Flickr accounts to a Pixsy account to track. Flickr Pro subscribers will be able to track up to 1,000 images without a separate Pixsy subscription, and will also have access to ten stolen image removal notices by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, with unlimited case presentations, all included in the Flickr membership .
We want our photographers to feel comfortable sharing their work online. That's why we offer clear controls for privacy and copyright, and we support our photographers to enforce their rights in the event of a theft, ”said Andrew Stadlen, vice president of Flickr products. "Partnering with a company like Pixsy makes a lot of sense to our community, and helps us fulfill what we believe is a fundamental value for Flickr."
HOW DOES PIXSY WORK?
Pixsy algorithms run through the web and work to recognize the photos in your database, creating an alert system every time a possible theft is detected. The tool also allows photographers to include when they authorize the legal use of any image, to avoid receiving alerts if the use was previously authorized.
Pixsy also offers services for photographers who find their stolen photos posted somewhere else, including resources for removal notices, and information about the Copyright Registry in the United States. The service also has a list of 26 associated law firms that work with photographers on a “if they don't win, they don't charge” basis, so creative artists have nothing to lose.
Although Pixsy has only existed since 2014, the company says the platform has found around 70,000 cases of copyright infringement. The platform currently has more than 38 million images that are using the tracking system.
As we explained, tracking up to 1,000 images will be included with a Flickr Pro subscription. Free Flickr users, or Pro subscribers who wish to track more than 1,000 images can be linked to a separate Pixsy account. This service offers different options: a free account to track up to 500 images, a personal account for 2,000 images for a cost of $ 19 dollars per month, an advanced account to track up to 30,000 images for $ 39 dollars per month, and an account professional for up to 100,000 monitored images, for $ 89 per month.