Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:54PM
Following Sean's topic regarding "Stock and PicScout" I was investigating a bit more about PicScout technology and I discovered ImageExchange free utility. You can get download and understand its usage at http://www.picscout.com/imageexchange/how-it-works.
Basically this utility can extract information from a web page containing images (like a Google Image webage), find the pictures that have a "digital PicScout fingerprint" and rederict the user to website hosting and selling those images. I find the utility very interesting and promising.
So I started to Google my username and scan my own pictures. Actually the ImageExchange was able to recognize some of my images (43) but was sounds odd is that I was redirected only to Photos.com or Thinkstock.com to buy them plus my creator name is not displayed - no way to find images from Istockphoto. Images from other creators could be also found at Getty.com and are credited with the creator name.
Does it means that only images from Photos.com or Thinkstock.com and Getty are actually "fingerpinted"? Are Istockphoto hosted images effectively going to be processed for "fingerprinting"? Why the creator username is not added for images belonging to the 2 cited websites?
Can anybody here at Istock answer to these questions?
(Edited on 2013-01-16 14:54:37 by Bosca78)
Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:05PM
I just tried another experiment: since I am still a "small fish" in microstock game, I've tried to perform the same experiment using "sjlocke" kwyword on Google Images getting similar results: images can be found at Punchstock, Getty and Jupiter (but are correctly credited with creator name). - Again no mention to Istock - ?????
Edited to post another curious example: the Istock landing page image, the one displaying to hands painted with a red heart, referring to "It Takes Two" adevrtisment can be bought also from a competitor website......
(Edited on 2013-01-16 15:10:09 by Bosca78)
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Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:35PM
Edit: The image is shown in a lightbox at Shutterstock but is not available for sale.
(Edited on 2013-01-16 19:41:49 by hatman12)
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Posted Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:06AM
/Hm, I tried the ImageExchange plugin in Safari on the Mac last night on several of my IS images (google image search) and zero success, it didn't recognise any of them. I also tried a few other random stock images with the same negative result. Maybe the fingerprinting is not as extensive as I thought from the publicity.
ETA: Windows / Chrome this morning, better results than above but only just. It looks like this thing has a LONG way to go before being anywhere near useful.
(Edited on 2013-01-17 02:57:06 by amesy)