I covered potential theft issues in last year's articles on Webmarketing–>Netproofing & Photo Biz–>Copyrighting.
Suffice to say, copyrighting your work will allow you to sleep at night.
When I first joined APUG I have several photographs stolen. I removed the posting and now I post nothing other than items I am selling and then at a low resolution.
Tineye does not look at metadata, it looks at visual structure. Metadata is irrelevant except for cataloguing, searching, etc.
Metadata is trivially replaceable, it's of no evidentiary value whatsoever in claiming ownership for any party. You want to claim ownership in a legal dispute, you produce a negative or a RAW file.
Still waiting for my images to be plastered across the internet...:munch:
Sirius Glass: Who stole your pictures and what were they using them for?
So I actually tired it. When I use Google Images and search "Shen Hao 8x10" the first thing I get is my own picture, linked to here ( http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=881191 ).
When I put that picture into the tin eye it gives me zero hits.
IC - that may be due to parts of Apug only being viewable to logged in mbrs and that is why the indexers can't find it maybe?
I think Tin Eye is a excellent tool. Idee produces several wonderful tools for image search.
Obviously, having your works copyright registered is your ultimate protection and placing any image online is just bait for sharks but using a non metadata search is just one more excellent tool in an effort to stop image theft.