In the fight against online image theft there is a new player and they are coming into the arena with a bang! Pixsy is a new copyright infingement software that looks to help photographers around the globe tackle an issue that plagues the industry and for the most part goes unresolved. Fighting copyright infringement can be a long and costly ordeal and Pixsy hopes to be your one stop solution for fair compensation.
Some time ago I wrote a series of articles related to structuring an invoice and by far the most popular segment was the licensing one. It is a topic I feel quite passionate about and it always saddens me to see the vast amount of image theft out there. While I support an open marketplace, I do believe in fair compensation for the artists who put their time and effort into creating the works which are being used to generate profit.
It is then with sheer excitement that I stumbled upon the services of Pixsy today. They are a new online service which hopes to liberate and simplify the entire complicated process of copyright infringement through their online software. Pixsy claims that they will be on the look out for your stolen images across the web. Once they find these images, they will take it upon themselves to alert you, and to put together a fair licensing fee based on usage. With your permission Pixsy will contact the user to settle the dispute and will continue to act as a liason between the parties. Pixsy also aims to be completely international and will operate in a variety of languages to overcome any barriers.
While I personally do not know the methods Pixsy uses to calculate a "fair" license fee, they will never contact the user without your permission, thus you have a chance to look over their quote and modify it as you see fit.
This appears to be an incredibly powerful new resources for photographers and perhaps it is the solution many of us have been looking for. Time will tell how well the software performs but this is certainly one to check out!
Pixsy is currently in Beta, and as such the service is free, with a nominal fee due upon successful resolution though at the time of writing I could not find any reference as to what exactly "nominal" means.