“TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.” – TinEye.com

Idee the makers of TinEYE also develops image recognition software and services for Adobe, istockphoto, digg, Associated Press and many others.

Here is a video demonstrating this powerful tool:

Test it out and give it a try:  TinEye Reverse Image Search.

Thank you StuckinCustoms for pointing this tool out out in my quest to eliminate watermarks on my photography.

When I asked StuckinCustoms what their philosophy is on not using ugly water marks on their beautiful photography, this is what they had to say:

” It’s a multi-part philosophy –
1) Legitimate companies do not steal images to use commercially. So I don’t have any logical fear there.
2) There are other services, like Tineye (and google) that can help me easily find evil-doers.
3) If there are evil-doers, they will have already used my image wrongly, setting up a slam-dunk legal case.” – Stuckincustoms.com

So watch out evil doers!