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TinEye reverse image search engine – a new resource for artists

What is TinEye? (website: tineye.com)


TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. For some real TinEye search examples, check out our Cool Searches page at http://tineye.com/cool_searches

TinEye finds exact and altered copies of the images that you submit, including those that have been cropped, colour adjusted, resized, heavily edited or slightly rotated. TinEye does not commonly return similar matches, and it cannot recognize the contents of any image. This means that TinEye cannot find different images with the same people or things in them. 

Useful for Artists: There are many uses for TinEye, but here are a few:

* Find out where an image came from, or get more information about it
* Research or track the appearance of an image online
* Find higher resolution versions of an image
* Locate web pages that make use of an image you have created
* Discover modified or edited versions of an image

TinEye will enable artists to find out if their images are being used without their permission. Although TinEye can help you locate websites where your images appear, those websites are not owned or controlled by TinEye or Idée. If you are concerned about how your images are being used on a particular website, try contacting the site owner. We hope to introduce a paid feature which will allow you to upload or point to a group of images, and have TinEye check for matches on a regular basis, sending you updates when a match is found.

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