Copypants began when two friends understood how much pain it brought to photographers when people used their work without permission, how much money was being lost, as well as the troubles that came from having to deal with copyright problems.
The goal was to make things really simple – to change the way we think about ownership and the way we think about copyright. We wanted people to know where all of their work was online so that they could interact with those people using their images in a positive way.
In September of 2015, we assembled a team together to build the tool. We took feedback from hundreds of photographers in order to understand the problem and how to solve it. 4 months later, in January 2016, we released a limited beta that helped us further understand how to make it better.
Copypants wants to have state-of-the-art technology for image matching so we have created our own machine learning-based system to compare trillions of images. This allows us to find copies of your work faster and more accurately. Copypants is committed to improving the way the Internet works.
Chris Adlparvar, Co-Founder and CEO of Copypants, has been a part of 3 successful startups, has over 13 years of experience in business development, and inspires the motivation behind the Copypants brand. He is ready to disrupt the existing market so that artists can completely control the use of their work. Let it be seen here in writing that when Copypants reaches 10,000 users, Chris will dress up in any outfit the team picks out for him for an entire day. #goals
Maarten Haubrich, Co-Founder and CTO of Copypants, brings to the team more than 15 years of experience in web engineering. His leadership and killer personality induces the ideal environment for creativity. Maarten works closely with the developers as a mentor and keeps everyone focused with his incredible coffee. His favourite colour is orange, which may or may not have been inspiration for our app.
The Copypants team is a high-energy, creative, and curious bunch. Aside from just backgrounds in engineering and computer science, our developers also have a history in sales, design, and education.
Siavash Khallaghi, leads the research in machine learning as our primary scientist. After gaining his PhD in Engineering, Siavash was further inspired to solve real world problems. He has recently begun blogging about his research and enjoys engaging the academic community about the future of math and technology.
Brian Thomas, head of the IT Department and machine learning researcher, has a great talent for problem solving. He is currently completing his Bachelors Degree in Technology, with a focus on game design. Around the office, Brian is always the person you can count on for all things high up.
Tien Nguyen, Core Developer and Project Coordinator, is the youngest member of our team. She oversees the project’s task flow from week-to-week and inspires the team to work hard. Tien also has a passion for education and inspiring young adults to pursue a career in engineering and software.
Nicholas Mackenzie, the Head Of Marketing, can often be found researching new ways of bringing Copypants to a greater audience – or initiating the next Nerf match. He is also a creative in the music scene and enjoys connecting with others who share a similar passion for music.
At Copypants, we use a combination of tried-and-true and cutting-edge technology to find matches of your images as accurately and quickly as possible. Our technology allows us to find matches even if the image has been modified – including resized, cropped, or greyscaled. We are continually performing research to improve the quality of our match results so that you will see more matches, with fewer false positives, sooner.
Copypants’ goal is to bring creators peace of mind by helping them grow their business online, so that all creators can make a fair living while the Internet shares their work.