TinEye in action
Wikimedia Commons & TinEye

Since the launch of TinEye, we have had a great response from the Wikimedia Commons image community. Wikimedia Commons is a repository of free-content files, including images, that are either in the public domain or released under free licenses. These images are used in many of the Wikimedia Foundation’s projects, including Wikipedia.

Anyone can contribute to Wikimedia Commons, and the project is driven by volunteers; while they are careful to respect image copyright, researching the license for each image that is submitted can be a challenge. To aid in this effort, members of Wikimedia Commons have created automated plugins and image checkers driven by the TinEye search engine, to help research photos and locate the source of images.

For an interesting browse, check out Wikimedia Commons member Shizhao’s TinEye bot, which allows you to see all of the interesting images that have been uploaded to the Commons and been detected elsewhere on the web by TinEye.


I am just wondering why TinEye does not in return index all those images at Wikimedia Commons. I earlier tried one of my photos I uploaded there years ago, and found another website using it without giving credit, but not the actual source they grabbed it, i.e. Commons.

Andy August 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I was just thinking about the same thing. Is there a particular reason that this has not been done?

Toto December 02, 2011 at 10:00 am

I would really like to know… :-)

Toto December 27, 2011 at 4:48 am

… so an answer would be good. :-)

Toto January 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Toto: we have been busy indexing other type of content. We will look into this and check out their sitemaps. If the sitemaps look good for our indexing needs, we will add them to the indexing schedule. What’s your interest in this?

Leila Boujnane April 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Leila Boujnane: That is excellent news! I understand you have much content to index.

My interest in this is that I want to make it harder to use other people’s content for profit without giving proper credit or paying for it.

Flickr and Wikimedia Commons are two repositories for user generated content. Indexing these will help internet users to localize original work, identify where abuse of user content is taking place and notify the original creator.

We’ve had some problems in Sweden with Sveriges Radio, Sweden’s largest broadcaster of radio and owned by the state, abusing user generated content. If Flickr and Commons images were indexed it would be a lot easier to identify the origin of some of the images.

Toto April 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

Is there a status update for indexing images on Wikimedia Commons?

Toto August 20, 2012 at 8:14 am