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  1. #1
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    How to tell if somebody stole your images (not hotlinked) ?

    If somebody took your image(s) off your site and uploaded to their own, is there a website service or some other way to find out? I'm only referring to if they took the image verbatim and made no changes, so the binary file doesn't change at all. And even if the file was renamed.
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    Have you tried www.tineye.com? I'm sure there's other similar things, both free and paid for.
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    That's cool, thanks!

    Free or paid would be acceptable, just looking for a way for somebody to verify their image isn't improperly used on other websites.
    If you have to operate your company behind the scenes or under a fake name, maybe it's time to leave the industry and start something fresh.

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    Tineye doesn't have that many cataloged yet, so it's not as useful as it might be some day. If it's an image you created or edited, you can usually find EXIF info within the image added by the graphics program.

    You still have to find the images, however.

    I also got into the habit of embedding tiny identifiers like letters within graphics I felt might some day be grabbed (the_pm showed me his one day, and it stuck). If you make them small but readable, they often go completely unnoticed.
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    A useful tool for reading, writing and editing meta information in image, audio and video files is ExifTool.
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