Copytrack Global Infringement Report 2019: International Image Theft in Comparison


Two studies from IMGembed and Copytrack show that of the 3 billion images shared on the internet daily, around 85 percent are used without a valid license.

Even many affected artists, photographers, publishers and photo agencies are unaware of the extent of illegal image usage, with an estimated 2.5 billion images being unlawfully distributed every day.

Copytrack regularly investigates how, where, and to what extent images are used illegally.

The results from the investigation have been compiled in the 2019 version of the Copytrack Global Infringement Report.

  • The Copytrack Global Infringement Report 2019 is comprised of the statistical analysis of over 12,000 Copytrack user profiles.
  • Illegal image uses have been investigated on the basis of all search hits considered illegal by individual account holders, along with website owner data based on information collected by internally developed web crawlers.
  • Percent values mentioned in this report refer to the number of potential copyright violations handled by Copytrack over the period of December 2017 through December 2018.
  • Geographic locations were used for the analysis.

Download the Copytrack Global Infringement Report 2019 here.