There have been several techniques discussed to help find web sites that contained stolen content--Google alerts, Copyscape, etc. But those only work for text. Are there any ways to search for sites that may have "borrowed" your graphics?
This has been a big problem for me too. I changed hosts to one that allowed me to block other people from hotlinking my images. That helps. But I know that many people just steal my graphics and re-publish. Can't do much other than keep looking.
I've considered using steganography [google.com] to "implant" identifying information into my images (as opposed to visible watermarking). But I'm sure that wouldn't show in a search since it would be part of the binary info. But at least if I found someone else using my images I could prove that they're mine.
I know that if I was going to copy someone else's images, I'd change the file names first thing. But I guess it's always the stupid thieves that are the easiest to find.
But I guess it's always the stupid thieves that are the easiest to find.
Stupid, ignorant (of the law) or lazy are all likely not to put too much effort into hiding what they have done and should be relatively easy to find. In those cases a friendly C&D is really the way to go.
Crooked people on the other hand are a lot more of a problem, and should be dealt with more severly.