Analyzing Search Results


When I first began searching the Internet for unauthorized uses of my photographs, I wasted dozens of hours looking at websites whose owners could not be found, foreign sites, spam and malware sites, and harmless-looking websites that redirect to porn sites. Most are registered in countries like Panama that don’t have any intentions of revealing their clients’ identities or complying with United States copyright law. I estimate that for every copyright infringement I can actually pursue, I find at least twenty time wasters. This chapter of Photo Repo will show you how to recognize time wasters as well as how to log information about the legitimate websites using your photographs. Topics include:

  • Identifying Time-Wasting Websites Via the Search Results
  • Characteristics of Time-Wasting Website
  • The Types of Websites You Will Encounter When Searching for Copyright Violations
  • Recording and Organizing the Search Results