Reverse Image Search Comparison

We compare the results of Infringement.Report, Tineye, Pixsy, ImageRights.com, Plaghunter, Image Raider, and Incandescent.xyz to find which reverse image search monitoring service provides the most comprehensive results.

Introduction

If you're a photographer or rightsholder with more than a dozen images, ensuring that your images are not being stolen means placing your trust into a tool such as Infringement.Report to monitor the usage of those images. There are plenty of tools around which do this, so when we launched Infringement.Report, we were faced with questions about why we would bother when there are perfectly fine incumbents already doing it cheaper?

We built Infringement.Report because we care about comprehensive data.

If you're protecting an image and you're only aware of half the infringements, you're not doing your job properly. Other services may be cheap, but as our testing shows, you could be getting what you're paying for.

Comparing Reverse Image Search Services

We tested Infringement.Report against the five main image monitoring services - Tineye, Pixsy, ImageRights.com, Plaghunter, Image Raider (AKA Incandescent.xyz). We tested one popular image across all of these services to find the number of results returned.

Before revealing the results, some caveats:
- These are one-off tests with single images - these services may perform better with different images, searching at different times, or with more time for discovery/monitoring.
- We used the free versions of all tools (including Infringement.Report), but we don't know if they would have been better on a paid subscription.

If you're an independent blogger/researcher and would like to run your own tests, we will happily give you a free account to do so.

Test 1

You can see the test details and full data in the Google Sheet

Domains Found Results Found Waiting Time
Infringement.Report 320 519 15 Mins
Plaghunter 134 183 5 Mins
Image Raider / Incandescent.xyz 127 180 3 Mins
Pixsy 0 0 6 Hours
Tineye** ? 388 1.1 Secs
ImageRights.com 161 419 5 Hours

In this test, Infringement.Report found more than twice the amount of infringing websites than any other service. Tineye, Plaghunter, and Image Raider were faster than us, but did not find as many infringements.

** As it was not possible to create a data export from Tineye, we were not able to calculate the amount of unique domains found.

Test 2

You can see the test details and full data in the Google Sheet

Domains Found Results Found Waiting Time
Infringement.Report 185 538 10 Mins
Plaghunter 110 143 3 Mins
Image Raider / Incandescent.xyz 3 5 6 Hours
Pixsy** ? 127 5 Minutes
Tineye** ? 51 0.6 Secs
ImageRights.com 101 402 5 Hours

Again, Infringement.Report found more infringing websites than any other service. ImageRights.com and Plaghunter performed slightly better in this test than the previous one. Tineye, Plaghunter, and Pixsy were faster than us, but did not find as many infringements.

** As it was not possible to create a data export from Tineye or Pixsy, we were not able to calculate the amount of unique domains found.

Infringement.Report is more comprehensive because it's slower

Image infringement monitoring is a resource intensive process - when you first upload an image for monitoring, we try to discover as many infringements as we can right away. This means that we search your image multiple times on every source using our proprietary retrieval method. However, despite having so many results right away, it's still likely that we'll miss some - we'd expect to find another two dozen legacy infringements in the first week of monitoring this image.

You get what you pay for

While Infringement.Report is not the cheapest image monitoring service on the market, we care about providing the most comprehensive data. This test has shown that Infringement.Report was able to return more comprehensive data and more infringements in a short timeframe.

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