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Protect your intellectual property

Permission Machine helps photographers and agencies receive compensation for the illegal use of their visual material. We do so in a cost-effective manner thanks to a combination of powerful search technology and specialised legal staff. It’s our mission to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. And if we don’t deliver, it won’t cost you a penny. You’ll only receive an invoice from us once our mediation work for a case is complete and your compensation for the infringement has been paid.

Interested? Contact us for a free test scan now.

“I chose Permission Machine because of their reputation and experience in the field. What I love about them and the experience to date is: they're professional with reasonable expectations of collections and above all, they're fair - to me and to the company who used my images without approval.”

How does it work?

Our technology

Permission Machine’s reverse image tracking technology scans the web for your images and identifies them even if they’ve been cropped, mirrored or edited in any way. Thanks to our virtually unlimited capacity, it doesn’t matter whether your photo archive is ten thousand photos or ten million – we can handle it all.

Manually filtered results

Once the scan is finished, Permission Machine filters all results manually. We whitelist websites from your client file in advance, and remove websites that cannot be contacted from the list. You can then decide which results are permitted uses and which ones you want to take action on.

Flexible reports

You can view your results through our user-friendly interface. You’ll be able to see at a glance where your images are being used, and indicate whether this is an infringement or not at the push of a button.

In-house legal team

Our team, all specialised in copyright law, check anything marked as an infringement and take you through the settlement, be it retroactive licences or compensation claims. When we offer a retroactive licence, a licence is paid for using the image in the past (and can run for a further year in the future if you wish). If we’re dealing with a compensation claim, the image must be taken offline immediately, and you’ll receive compensation for any damages suffered as a result of using your image.

A human approach

When it comes to a copyright infringement, we first try to come to a settlement agreement, without the involvement of lawyers or bailiffs. If an amicable settlement is not possible, we decide – together with you – whether or not to launch legal proceedings for the infringement.

More time to do what you want to do

In short, you’ll have more time to focus on doing what you love! By outsourcing the tracking of your copyrights to us, you can simply focus on taking photos without a care in the world.

Below you will find an example of what our technology can do for you:

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Want to know more about how copyright works in practice? Read the frequently asked questions for photographers: