Let’s start off with me telling you that I have no affiliation with Google. Although, I do rank highly for “pretend to work at Google” This article is purely hypothetical. In no way am I saying this will happen, but it makes sense for Google to do it.
Images on websites are the wild west. On one side, you have rogue or simply untrained web developers grabbing copyrighted images right off of other websites or Google Image search. On the other side, you have large corporations like Getty Stock Images who scan the internet for their somewhat expensive stock images. No matter which side you are on or support, it’s a losing game for a lot of hardworking photographers and graphic designers.
What can Google do about this wild west of image copyright infringement?
Google can give you Authorship. Google can force the “best practices” of web design and online marketing, by instituting an image mismatch, or “duplicate action” on your website. How they would track the image as appearing first on a page with your Google Authorship (alt tag crawl date perhaps?) is unknown to me, but anythings possible with Google behind it. They could even offer to host images for photographers or website owners (acting as a cdn), and then track them that way also.
Offer me free cdn and authorship for my photographs, logos, banners, and icons? I’m sold.
What do you think friends?
Could Image Authorship be the next big thing?