How to block Image copying???

When you build a site, It gernerally consists of html and imagery…namely gifs, PNGs etc etc…and so on

Is there a way to lock each graphical element, which stops users being able to drag your imagery off your site?

I have seen something somewhere thats creates a pop up explaining copywrite etc on this image??

Is something simpler possible, just thinking of functionality.


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If the image is there and visible, it can be grabbed. You can screen shot the page, drag or even oook at the HTML source and find the URL and download it.

The only way to properly protect your images from theft is not to put it on a web site. Ever.

There are things you can do to discourage it - you can lower the quality of the image and make it small so it’s of no use to anyone. You can also watermark it as well.


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On 5 Jun 2008, at 12:49, Mr worm wrote:

Is there a way to lock each graphical element, which stops users
being able to drag your imagery off your site?

No, if you can see it, you can steal it. Best way to get round this
is by using a philosophical approach: stop worrying about it :slight_smile:
Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time a) putting in JavaScript pop-
ups warning people not to steal it or b) putting blank GIF on top of
it so when they drag, they drag that, c) making your pictures too
small to bother stealing, which means they might as well not be
there, or d) putting a watermark on the picture, which defaces it and
stops people looking hard enough at it to decide whether they like it
or not. And none of these things, even if you do them all, will stop
anyone stealing your picture inside 5 seconds.

best wishes

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Mike Cowpland (former president + CEO of Corel) stated he’d rather have people stealing his application that using the other guy’s (Microsoft)
This doesn’t answer your question but is is another spin on the issue. You can ask nicely on your site to give you the © credit you deserve when others use your images.


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This is what I did - I drew a blank gif and set it as a layer and placed it over the photo - works for me - one of the pages is here. See if it works for you.
http://www.poledivasfitness.co.uk/dates-prices.html

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On 5 Jun 2008, at 15:20, Robert Agnel wrote:

Mike Cowpland (former president + CEO of Corel) stated he’d rather have people stealing his application that using the other guy’s (Microsoft)
This doesn’t answer your question but is is another spin on the issue. You can ask nicely on your site to give you the © credit you deserve when others use your images.


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You could try Tim’s Image Guardian Action.
http://www.freewayactions.com/product.php?id=006

Nothings perfect, but this does go some way to prevent copying. Especially stopping the normal IE behaviour of having an icon appear on every picture asking you to print or save it. also adding a copyright warning etc.

David

On 5 Jun 2008, at 12:49 pm, Mr worm wrote:

When you build a site, It gernerally consists of html and imagery…namely gifs, PNGs etc etc…and so on

Is there a way to lock each graphical element, which stops users being able to drag your imagery off your site?

I have seen something somewhere thats creates a pop up explaining copywrite etc on this image??

Is something simpler possible, just thinking of functionality.

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I did a copy on my mack: shift>apple>4, and got a copy of the photo.

Carolyn

On Jun 7, 2008, at 7:59 AM, Nathan Garner wrote:

This is what I did - I drew a blank gif and set it as a layer and placed it over the photo - works for me - one of the pages is here. See if it works for you.
http://www.poledivasfitness.co.uk/dates-prices.html

Nathan Garner
Partner

Austin Wells Design Consultants
1 Elmgate Drive, Littledown, Bournemouth BH7 7EF
+44 (0)1202 301271
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http://www.awdc-creative.com

Member of NAPP

On 5 Jun 2008, at 15:20, Robert Agnel wrote:

Mike Cowpland (former president + CEO of Corel) stated he’d rather have people stealing his application that using the other guy’s (Microsoft)
This doesn’t answer your question but is is another spin on the issue. You can ask nicely on your site to give you the © credit you deserve when others use your images.

Nathan said:

See if it works for you. www.poledivasfitness.co.uk/dates-prices.html

That is fine for the casual image stealer but a quick look at the souce code reveals the image location at: Resources/datesphoto.jpg - and from there it is easy to get.

David


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http://www.poledivasfitness.co.uk/Resources/datesphoto.jpeg

That’s how I see it too.

What about showing images as flash files? Or encrypting image links?
I’m sure that everything under the sun has been thrown at this
problem. Twice.

On Sat, Jun 7, 2008 at 3:53 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

That is fine for the casual image stealer but a quick look at the souce code reveals the image location at: Resources/datesphoto.jpg - and from there it is easy to get.


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On 8 Jun 2008, at 00:55, Ernie Simpson wrote:

What about showing images as flash files?

You can take a screenshot.

Or encrypting image links?

You can still take a screenshot …

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At 18:53 -0400 7/6/08, DeltaDave wrote:

Nathan said:

See if it works for you. www.poledivasfitness.co.uk/dates-prices.html

That is fine for the casual image stealer but a quick look at the
souce code reveals the image location at: Resources/datesphoto.jpg -
and from there it is easy to get.

Firefox makes it even easier:
Tools → Page Info
Media tab
select image
Save As

David


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When I was young I went to art school in southern California. Back
then I was known for a certain attitude that some found amusing…
this subject reminds me of a small exhibition I gave of about fifteen
paintings. I crated them for shipment and then hung them in their
crates, with the title cards dutifully next to them. Some people
thought the crates were the art while others just got angry. The angry
folk usually understood me the best.

On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 1:19 AM, Paul Bradforth wrote:

You can still take a screenshot …


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On 8 Jun 2008, at 19:50, Ernie Simpson wrote:

When I was young I went to art school in southern California. Back
then I was known for a certain attitude that some found amusing…
this subject reminds me of a small exhibition I gave of about fifteen
paintings. I crated them for shipment and then hung them in their
crates, with the title cards dutifully next to them. Some people
thought the crates were the art while others just got angry. The angry
folk usually understood me the best.

On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 1:19 AM, Paul Bradforth wrote:

You can still take a screenshot …

I suppose I’m being thick here Erns, but I can’t for the life of me
see the connection …

best wishes,

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Thank you all on this subject, I guess ultimately you cannot stop image copying, however you may try…like hackers theres always around it!

I guess what Erns is trying to say is that if you don’t want your image to be copied then don’t show it at all!

Its down to you the designer or artiest! How and if you wish to exhibit your art! :wink:

Many thanks ALL

Worm


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Top marks to Mr Worm for the answer! Besides a stroll down my own
memory lane, I was just saying the only iron-clad solution is not to
show any works at all. In my experience, there will still be people
who will admire them :slight_smile:

But another way to look at images (or artwork) is that if they are
employed to a purpose – can they accomplish their purpose before
appearing in the works of every other artist? Or, are there images
that you can exploit for the purpose of turning thieves into buyers
(much like musicians of today who seem to be writing car commercials,
or authors writing books with screen plays in mind…).

I’m not very practical sometimes…

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 2:21 AM, Paul Bradforth wrote:

I suppose I’m being thick here Erns, but I can’t for the life of me
see the connection …


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On 9 Jun 2008, at 16:12, Ernie Simpson wrote:

Top marks to Mr Worm for the answer!

Indeed! Told you I was thick …

best wishes,

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