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How do I stop Adword sites from hijacking my photos

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I've noticed a lot of my copyright photos that google has indexed now has a link to a lot of Adwords sites. I'd like to know how to fix this.

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March 2017

How do I stop Adword sites from hijacking my photos

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AdWords is an advertising platform. It's not a site. If a site owner publishes your copyrighted content, you should contact the site owner directly;

Google will take action only if the ad format  or text (i.e the ad- copy)  violates trade names.

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Hi Tom,


Moshe is correct. 


Please note that if your images are on webpage somewhere, and you are using Google Chrome, you can right click on the image and pick to "search Google for image" and this will show you everywhere it is in use by other websites. You can then send each website a notice to remove the copyrighted image or pay X amount of dollars for a use licence. 


Most likely, a website operator is running AdWords and simply doing a image search for an image to use in their ad, which AdWords discourages. Credible advertisers only use images they have the rights to. Small businesses often do not realize this is not allowed. 


In essence, it is up to you to enforce the usage/rights of your digital property. 


All the Best,



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