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3:19 am on Feb 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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These folks have been mentioned in the SSID forum but I am more interested in the other side of the question. Do they provide a good and worthy service that should be encouraged by letting them crawl? Or are they a bunch of no-good scammers?

They've got twin informational sites:

[pixray-seeker.com...] (in German)
[pixray.com...] (defaults to English but if you look closely you can tell the primary language is German)

Can't figure out how to get the first version into English, but I think they're mainly targeting Germans anyway. (The robot lives at Hetzner and the price of the service is given in euros.)

They say:
Der PIXRAY Seeker™ ermöglicht Fotographen, Bildagenturen, Markeninhabern, Produktherstellern, Verlagen, Lizenzgebern und Händlern zu verfolgen, wo im Web Ihre Fotos und Markensymbole verwendet werden.

Auf diese Weise haben Sie Ihre Bilder voll unter Kontrolle und können

* die Verbreitung Ihrer Inhalte analysieren
* Verbreitungskanäle effektiv steuern
* unautorisierte Verwendungen Ihrer Bilder und Symbole unterbinden
* ansonsten verlorene Lizenzgebühren realisieren

... and then a bunch of technical details about how they determine whether someone has swiped your image.

In my case, the images they picked up each have titles that sound as if they could belong to someone else, or could be copies of copyrighted material. For example, the people who own the rights to the movie "Funny Face" will be reassured to see that FunnyFace.jpg is a picture of a rat, not an unauthorized still.

Any Germans out there? What's your opinion?
3:49 am on Feb 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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To translate the site, simply stick the URL into translate.google.com

This is another Mark Scanner service. The WORST kind, because they will crawl and load all your images to play private detectives for their paid customers checking if a site by chance have stolen anything.

I block known mark- and info scanners. Nothing wrong with being a private investigator for money, but these kind of services make their money by sucking out other sites paid for network bandwidth and server time. Often at very abusive speeds. Allowing them in is like opening your door at home 24x7 and inviting all private investigators to freely roam your closets and drawers checking for counterfeit or stolen items.

Know, that most of these services both live in hiding and uses all kinds of forged user-agents to circumvent blocking. They generally ignore robots.txt. Some of them even try to break through site protections to look behind the curtains on paths they cannot reach otherwise. I guess thats the nature of "investigating".
If this one actually give you a real, named user-agent string to block, that is very unusual. Expect to see other agents from the same IPs.

Mark Monitor, for example have at least one "shell" company in a different state running part of their robots to hide under IP ranges not listed as owned by them. To connect the dots, at times one have to track through company registration records and physical addresses, to find out by the personnel names listed that they are actually connected.

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