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Thought the community might be interested in this link, it's a search engine for finding images which can apparently find partial matches. Could be useful if you see an image you're sure has been ripped but can't remember where from


It's still building up an index just now, so it can't find things too easily yet. Hopefully though, once it's more fully developed, it'll be something that will be a big help to artists wanting to make sure they haven't been ripped off.

EDIT: Since someone asked, I ran a test using an image I had edited. I used this image, since I figured a celebrity photo was more likely to have been indexed already than most. Search engine found a bunch of matches when I blocked out the eyes and mouth with a black strip, but blocking out the face made it fail (about 1/3 of the image). Still, it seems to work pretty well for smaller edits, and I would guess that for most people's purposes it'll do the job fine. Just as long as they actually get around to indexing enough images :p
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Sep. 20th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
fascinating. :) i was wondering if anything like this existed. as with 4chan and 7chan in-site engines can recognize when an image has been uploaded more than once (and blocks the 2nd attempt).

Sep. 20th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't know they could do that, I thought it was just file names they compared.
Sep. 20th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
wow! that seems so cool it could almost be an answer to a prayer :)
I wonder how accurate it would/will/could be with traced images. Definitly something we have to watch :)
has anyone tried it yet? with something not as common as Mona Lisa?
Sep. 20th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
Edited entry, I ran a test with a photo of DiCaprio, seemed to do pretty well at matching.
Sep. 25th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I found two of my images being used as avatars on foreign sites using Tineye. One of my friends had 76 hits for one of her images >>;
Sep. 27th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
When I first heard of TinEye I asked Jonathan Bailey of PlagiarismToday.com what he thought about it. He did a write up of it: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2008/08/19/tineye-protecting-images-preventing-orphans/

It's a nice little tool to have. And now its open sign ups. :)

I also let Mr. Bailey know about a Grease Monkey script I use with Firefox, he's trying to get an article on it as well (http://cpetten.deviantart.com/art/dA-Rip-Detector-76022748).
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