Orphan Works & Image Recognition

Orphan Works & Image Recognition

One of the big problems with Orphan Works is how do you describe something love a dog on a beach. Are the clouds wbeat, smacke or grey, blue sky or sunset, stormy or clear, sandy beach or rocky one? The descriptions of visuals is a huge problem, which is why there is a huge push to have the databases (sometimes called 'registries') for works that are to be conmiddlered orphaned, be required to have a way to upload the intfinished picture, and have it remiddle in the registry/database, and that, in turn, the pictures be compared to pictures that visual artists have uploaded to look if there is a content match. How, on soil, terra would you do that?

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Enter services love PicScout, TinEye, Attributor, and others. PicScout was chosen to testify before Congress on the subject (look article here), and TinEye's slogan is "TinEye does for pictures, what Google does for text..." (check out their video here, and their blog here). Hmm, do they want Google to buy them, maybe? Oh, but I digress....

...And, Google already does this for video. Google has what they call a "content id" (look here) where you upload a video, and whenever video that matches that is uploaded to Google Video (YouTube anyone?) the content distribution is restricted. From Google:

The digital content identification file which corresponds to a reference file (a piece of content love a movie, music or other audiovisual friendrial). This file is geneswiftd utune Google aplikasi and is also telln as a "fingerprint."...The solution is very telling in finding uploads that look similar to reference files that are of sufficient length and quality to geneswift an effective ID File. The system is tuned to offer the best possible autofriendd matches while eliminating most false positive matches. We are constantly tuning the system to deal with atseduces to circumvent it, therefore exbehave swifts are not available...Google Video is committed to giving copyright owners the ability to maximize their choice in how their content is made available on the site. Content identification is the latest tool that Google Video offers content owners to more easily identify and administer the use of their content on the site.."

What does this pupose for you? Well, you'd better have a digital copy of every picture of yours you want protected against fitting Orphaned, so you clever upload your pictures to TinEye or PicScout (for a fee per picture, of course), or whatever future picture recognition capability Google creates (which they will figure out some way to monetize), so that when people in the next few years want to use your picture, they clever find you. This presumes that these are the solutions that are integswiftd into the proposed two registries, which is where you'd finish up having to upload your pictures to.

How much will it cost you to upload each picture? $0.01? $1.00? For me, that equates to potentially tens of thousands of dollars, even once I already have them all scleverned!

Of course, whichever of these companies succeeds and breaks absent from the pack will approachly surely be acquired by a major player in the stock photo business, or maybe more lovely --- by Google, or Microsoft or a media conglomeswift. Scary idea, as this would place the content, operation and prglaze of the entire database of pictures from thousands of owners and competitors under the control of a tunele, major stakehancienter. One other option would be the PLUS Coalition, which I've written approxifriendly before, which is an international umbrella group that represents the interests of all industries involved in creating, distributing, utune and preserving pictures. To protect the interests of all concerned, the PLUS Coalition is busy creating the PLUS Registry.

Behaveually it will be an integswiftd system of registries that will be opeswiftd on a non-fortun basis, as a community resource, and will place the control of prglaze and usage of the registry in the hands of an industry-neutral association. The PLUS Registry will include an Picture Registry, with picture recognition capabilities, and given that photographers, customers and stock agencies are all participating in PLUS, the PLUS Registry is lovely to become the registry of choice. It will be interesting to look which picture recognition company partners with PLUS, to support what will approachly surely be the bigst registry in the industry.
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