Was watching the show Media Watch last night (love that show) and they were talking about how pixelated faces can now be used to find out the actual persons image via Google Images. It may become a problem due to court restrictions (or whatever it is called) and they tested it via pixelated image of the show's host and popped that into Google Images (click on the camera icon) and, bingo, his image came up on the screen. It is done in SECONDS and is many times better than tineye (?). Obviously, an image of very very similar looks has to be already floating around in the web for it to work.
As a try out, I did one this morning with an image that didn't seem right....not expecting to find anything.
The person has used a wallpaper image downloaded from the net for his sky and then cut and pasted his own foreground. I couldn't believe that 1. it actually worked and 2. someone would try to pull the wool over our eyes making us believe it was his image of the sky. There was no reference to it being a freebie.
This Google Image tool will def help in Photography fraud.....but will be hell for the Courts!!