Today I want to introduce you to a service I discovered that solves the problem of photo
copyright infringement. They will Track and monitor your online images, and handle the legal action should it come to that.
If you are a photographer then I’m sure you have been frustrated by your images being stolen and used without your permission. If you’re like most photographers I know, you see the problem, but feel helpless about it. Tracking infringements is time consuming. Following up with people is exhausting…. so instead, you do nothing because you need to focus on running your business… unless you want to take action like Max Dubler did in his now internet famous article in PetaPixel.
Last week I did a video about how to register a copyright with the U.S. copyright office, but there is actually a simpler way to register, and a company that will also handle tracking photo copyright infringement on your behalf, and then take on the follow up and legal side of things if it comes to that, so you can focus on being a photographer.
I am not affiliated with this company, but I wanted to share about it because I know so many people who would benefit from their services.
ImageRights is a service for photographers and other image makers to handle protecting and monitoring your images, so you don’t have to.
ImageRights handles a few things, and has a variety of options depending on your needs.
The first thing you can do is register your work in a much simpler format than the U.S. Copyright registry office, and have them check your work and submit on your behalf. It is $69 for a single image registration and $89 for a group of up to 750 published images published within the same calendar year. You can submit work from past years, but the $89 would cover batches from within one year at a time.
The other service they offer, allows you to upload your work for them to monitor photo copyright infringement on. You will get notifications on your dashboard showing you where the images are being used, and you can mark them based on whether they are allowed to use the images or not. Image Rights will pursue legal action against companies or people that are using your images commercially or for marketing.
They have 2 plans depending on your needs. a free trial to give it a try (you can submit work to be monitored during those 30 days.) and two different plans for monitoring and recovering image uses (both of which include some registration filings.)
If you give ImageRights a try, I would love to hear from you to see what you thought.
I hope this information has helps you to protect your images and create a more streamlined workflow.
I would love to hear from you. What are you struggling with in your photo business right now the most? Tell me in the comments below, and feel free to send me an email if you want to discuss it further.