How Can We Help You?

We offer image copyright owners a service that enables you to be compensated for the illegal use of your images.

Our mission is to do this cost-effectively using our proprietary search technology and in-house legal expertise, and to do it ethically.

Expect outstanding support at no cost – unlike many other companies , a  “no cure, no pay” approach and a success rate of up to 75%.

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How Can We Help You?

Permission Machine offers image copyright owners a service that enables you to be compensated for the illegal use of your images. Our mission is to do this cost-effectively using our proprietary search technology and in-house legal expertise and to do it ethically. Expect outstanding support at no cost unlike many other companies and an ethical no cure no pay approach. 

What are your specs for uploading images?

We ask that the longest side of the image is 400 pixels, preferably in JPEG format. Please supply the IPTC data or EXIF with the images. You can send the images to us via WeTransfer or, if you have more than 10,000 images, we’ll send you FTP instructions. We request that you send us all the images you’d like for us to process at the same time. 

How does the process work?

After we’ve received your images, our proprietary software will scan the Internet for images matches filtering out mismatches and flagging established companies and commercial websites. We maximize your results by combining intelligent automated processes with a dedicated human touch. Once the results are posted to your account, we’ll send you a log in to review the results so you can indicate which images have been correctly licensed and which have not. Websites not authorized will receive a letter from us requesting a settlement  for using your image(s) without permission.

Why should I register my copyrights?

Copyright protection is automatic from the moment a work is created so registration is not required to protect it. However, there are many benefits to registering your work. Registration enables you to pursue copyright infringement in federal court and you must file an application for registration before suing someone even after the infringement has occurred. Registration enables you to claim statutory damages and attorney’s fees although to be eligible you must register the work before infringement. You can find out more at http://copyrightalliance.org/ca_faq_post/copyright-protection-ata/

What about group registration of my images?

The U.S Copyright Office implemented a new rule (effective February 20, 2018) governing group registration of photographs. This rule adopts a new requirement that applicants seeking copyright registration for groups of photographs, both published and unpublished, must generally submit applications through their electronic registration system and include up to 750 photographs in each claim. The registration covers each photograph in the group, each photograph is registered as a separate work, and the group as a whole is not considered a compilation or a collective work. For complete information visit https://www.copyright.gov 

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