by Danny Bradbury
Photo-sharing website Flickr is trying to combat copyright infringement with a service that spots copies of its users’ images online. The company is partnering with image monitoring company Pixsy to offer the AI-powered feature.
Flickr began offering the service this week, claiming it as a step forward in the fight to protect its members’ rights, stating:
We remain aware of the fact that photo theft is a sad reality of the online world and a major issue for photographers trying to make a living off of their work
It will offer the service to paying members under its Pro subscription. It enables them to monitor up to 1000 images and lets users send 10 DMCA takedown notices for free. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act lets copyright owners send cease and desist letters to people using their content online without permission.
Pixsy scours the internet looking for images that are registered with it, and tries to find a match. The BBC tested the service with mixed results. The AI tool found an image of its reporter Cody Goodwin used in a news story on its site used by 26 other news websites.
However, it also tested a picture of the same reporter in its Los Angeles bureau with the Hollywood sign in the background, and it flagged up an image of (very different person) Stormy Daniels in that studio instead. Apparently, the software still has some work to do.
What if you are not a Flickr Pro user? All is not lost. You can head over to Pixsy and sign up for a free account, which gives you the ability to monitor 500 images without paying a penny. You don’t get the free takedown notices that you get with a Flickr Pro account, though.
Image theft is a big problem
Author: Danny Bradbury