Proventing web photos from being copied

From today’s mail bag:

I am in the middle of a problem on photo copyrights. Do you know a way to lock down photos on a website or sent in an e-mail so that the viewer cannot just lift off the photo, breaking the copyright?


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One response to “Proventing web photos from being copied

  1. 1. You can add custom HTML scripts to your web page to prevent some of the common methods of downloading images. Two examples are given below:

    Disable right mouse click script II (on images)

    Disable Image Toolbar script

    2. You can slice your image into pieces. If viewers try to drag the photo onto their desktop, they will only pick up a small section of the image. For an example, see:

    3. You can add a text overlay with the words “SAMPLE” or something similar over a small section of the picture. While viewers can clearly see your photo below the text, if they try to capture or print what’s on your website, all they would get is an image that says SAMPLE on it! To get the real thing, they have to order an image from you.

    4. You can visually watermark your image with embedded copyright data using image editing programs like Photoshop. If someone downloads the image, they will get a marked copy of the image. The free watermarking filter in Photoshop, however, is not as secure or permanent as the commercial offerings from Digimarc.

    5. You can include a legal statement similar to the following on your home page:

    “Contents of this web site and all original works are Copyright © 2009 [your name here] – All rights reserved. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of owner.”

    Statements like the above officially puts everyone on record that the posted material is YOURS as not part of the public domain.

    The bottom line is, however, if someone really wants your image, they will get it. If nothing else, they can just use screen capture software!


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