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Photos, illustrations, works of art and other images are quickly loaded onto the Internet, but also downloaded and used just as quickly. If you want to find out whether your photos or images are being used by others, then you can Pixsy help. Not only does Pixsy find the websites and people who use your work, it also checks whether this is legal. If a picture is used without consultation with you and without payment, you can have the case processed by Pixsy lawyers. So you can protect yourself from theft of pictures and collect the due fees.
Pixsy was launched by photographers in 2014 to uncover and prevent future image theft on the Internet. According to the company, 85% of the images used on the web are used without the permission or license of the creator. The management and contact persons at Pixsy are named Kain Jones as CEO, Torsten Rüter as CTO and Barbara Konecny as Head of Case Management. According to its own information, Pixsy is now used by over 100.000 people in over 120 countries.
The following can be read (translated) as a self-description: "Pixsy is committed to empowering creatives around the world to be in control of where and how their work is used online. We offer a range of bespoke tools and services to find, manage and resolve copyright infringement cases. Pixsy guarantees artists easy access to expert legal advice and support and recovers lost license income on their behalf [...] “- If that sounds interesting to you, you can go to the official website of the service obtain further information or create an account.
Depending on how many photos, illustrations, works of art, branded graphics or designs you upload, there is the right Pixsy subscription for you. Monitoring of up to 500 images is free of charge. There are no takedown notifications for this. However, you can submit cases free of charge, the number of which is not limited. In addition, “Protected by Pixsy” watermarks or badges can already be used for free use.
There are also paid subscriptions. The cheapest is $ 19 per month and offers monitoring of up to 2.000 images as well as 20 takedown notifications. For $ 39 a month, up to 30.000 images can be monitored and up to 300 takedown notifications can be issued. The Pro subscription costs $ 89 a month and monitors up to 100.000 images with up to 900 takedown notifications.
You can find more information about the individual packages as well as the possibility of agreeing an individual tariff if you click in the menu on the website linked above Features -> Monitor clicks. In addition to monitor (monitoring of images), the features also explain Resolve (charge fees for use), takedown (removal of unlawful uses), register (registering photos for the protection offered) and integration (linking the service to other sites) . A note on fee collection: Pixsy takes 50% of the amount claimed.
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I found out about Pixsy while looking for a solution to prevent photos from my blog from simply being used unsolicited. The interesting thing about Pixsy is that not only do they try to prevent potential image theft with watermarks and hints, but they also offer help when a company actually uses a photo online and uses it commercially without being paid for it. I think this service could be equally interesting for bloggers, photographers and other creatives who use specially created image files on the web. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.