Copyright infringements

Do you know who uses your images on the web? And do you know where the images are used on the web? Have you ever searched for your images on the web?

For me the answers are NO, NO and YES: I do regular searches on the internet to look for my images. Until now I used TinEye to search. Via TinEye I previously found two images that were used without my permission. Lucky me, TinEye only found two images.

But TinEye has two disadvantages imho:

  1. The largest disadvantage TinEye has is the size of the image database. Even though it runs in the billions of images, it is not quite big enough.
  2. The second is the user interface. You can only enter one image or URL at a time. Going through a large batch of images takes quite some time. Plus you have to upload each image separately as image or URL.

Using an image I previously published via FlickR, TinEye currently tells me there is one other site using the image. The site is a non-commercial blog and the thumbnail links back to my image on Flickr. So all is in order.

About a year ago Google introduced a competitor to TinEye: Google Search by Image. Do not compare SbI with the usual Google image search: SbI accepts an image or URL to an image as input, similar to TinEye. It also uses the Google’s gargantuous databases. This enables Google to provide links to sites that use your image. Check all the links one by one to see who uses your image. Furthermore, Google SbI provides links to images similar to your, in terms of color and composition.

Using Google SbI I found several sites that TinEye has yet to provide. But it still awkward to enter each URL separately. Luckily, I also found a Firefox add-on called “Copyright infringement finder”. After installation, the add-on is only visible when you right-click an image. The menu now has a new menu item: “Find copyright infringement”. Click the button to start the search using the images’ URL as search input. You still have to parse all search results, I’m still searching for an add-on to do that for me.

The add-on works great. I found several images of mine that were used. And you can also use it the other way around, to find out who created an image. One site that uses an image from me also uses images of other photographers without permission. Via the add-on it was easy to find and inform them of the copyright infringement.

You can read about the FireFox plugin created by Jason Wilder aka IShotYourBand. Or download the plugin directly. Jason provided the plug-in for free, so if you happen to hit the jackpot using this gem, make sure to feed Jasons’ BEER/RENT fund.

Heartbeat Parade @013

It’s been a while since I found “a new band” to add to my playlist. Then, on Friday June 2nd, a tweet appears from @013: “Luister hier naar de instrumentale band Heartbeat Parade. Rocken met wiskundige precisie. GRATIS toegankelijk vanavond!“. This tweaked my interest, so I listened. And enjoyed it. A lot.

After exchanging a few tweets, I was allowed to bring my camera along (two thumbs up to Gijs btw). And I enjoyed the show. Good and loud songs, played over a sample track. Their show is very energetic and the guys are actually pretty friendly. Maybe even a little shy!

After the concert I spoke with the guitar player. They are going to play in Germany (Dresden amongst others), Lithouania and France. To all in that area: visit these guys from Luxembourg. I’ve enjoyed their music.


Kröller-Müller museum & The bear that wasn’t

To my delight there are still museums in the Netherlands where one can take a camera, even if it is without tripod or flash. The Kröller-Müller museum is one of those museums. Apart from a beautiful collection of personal favorites, spanning from Picasso, Van Gogh to Mondriaan, they have a beautiful garden with sculptures. Too bad my youngest daughter has the patience and focus of a butterfly when art is concerned. In the end I felt I was “doing” Kröller-Müller in an hour.

Today I had another reason to visit: I wanted to see the performance by Anneke van Giersbergen and Martijn Bosman. They created a Dutch version of the kids story “The bear that wasn’t” by Frank Tashlin (1946). I already saw the following videos:

The show is aimed at kids, but as a parent I enjoyed myself too. The story is nice and circular, and has a good ending. Even my 6 yo daughter understood everything that happened to the bear and got the message that you have to stay true to yourself.

Before the performance, we had to wait a little longer than expected. The kids became a somewhat unruly, but fortunately they didn’t tear the place down. During the performance, there was a lot of movement in animations, by the performers, and the interaction between the animation and performers. I especially liked the projection on the inside of Anneke’s jacket. By the way, the animations are great! I hope the kids realise that a flipbook can tell the same story as a high definition 3D glossy animation. Also, they can create flipbooks themselves.

Anneke and Martijn seemed to enjoy themself. Especially Martijn excelled in his “evil” roles as factory, supervisor and CEO. The best compliment they could get from the young audience is that all kids were watching silently all the time.

The tunes of the songs easily sticks in the kids’ minds (just follow the links above). I heard a lot of the kids sing them afterwards. To my surprise the kids didn’t respond negatively to the hard industrial sounds that returned a couple of times throughout the story. The only thing my daughter said about the sounds was that she thought they were loud.

My only negative remark was that Anneke had a hard time starting off, which caused her to use a swear word. Personally, I prefer said word not to be uttered in front of kids.