Protecting graphics?

Is there anyway I can protect my website graphics so they can’t be easily stolen?


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Simple answer - NO!

If someone can see it then they can steal it.

There are various options to watermark images (showcase has one) but if you dont want it stolen then dont put it in the public domain.

There is also an action Image Guardian FreewayActions.com | Image Guardian which wont stop the determined thief but might deter the casual one.

David


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Image Guardian looks like a pretty cool action, but I don’t want to use it if it’s going to cause more trouble than it’s worth. Is it pretty stable?


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The only problem with it is the expectation on your part that it will
completely remove any form of piracy. As Dave pointed out, if they can
see it, they can copy it. The only true protection from piracy is
simply not to publish the image in the first place.

Or, step back and take another look at this. Look at what Apple did
with music on the Web. They took something that was widely pirated and
made a business out of selling it – extremely conveniently – to
anyone who wanted it. They gambled that a high-quality version,
legally acquired with very low drag (one-click buying), would trump a
free version of dubious safety and provenance that you had to skulk
around to find. If you’re selling your images, it makes sense to show
them to their best advantage, without blurring or crosses through the
middle or whatever else you might do to make them less attractive to
thieves. And then you want to make it extremely simple for honest or
borderline-honest people to buy them right there and then.

Walter

On Jul 25, 2011, at 9:13 AM, Kelly Crossley wrote:

Image Guardian looks like a pretty cool action, but I don’t want to
use it if it’s going to cause more trouble than it’s worth. Is it
pretty stable?


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Thanks guys. No, none of the images are for sale and I’m really looking for something that discourages downloads rather than prevent them, so the action David suggested is probably fine, as long as it does significantly affect the website’s load times. :slight_smile:


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On 25 Jul 2011, at 15:11, Kelly Crossley wrote:

so the action David suggested is probably fine, as long as it does significantly affect the website’s load times. :slight_smile:

Why would you want to do that? :wink:

best wishes,

Paul Bradforth

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Probably because I tried to borrow a website graphic the other day and I couldn’t, which I thought was pretty neat. I’m probably spending way too much time on something that isn’t necessary. :slight_smile:

Time to get back to work. LOL


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I’m probably spending way too much time on something that isn’t necessary.

Yup!


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