Protecting images

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by billiehop, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. billiehop

    billiehop UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Does anyone know how to protect your images?
    I have created a very simple showcase website for my brother's travel photography and need to protect his photographs in some way, so that noone can steal, print or use them without permission.

    Is there a way of disabling the right-click?
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: billiehop Member since: Sep 10, 2020
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  2. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Legend Full Member

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    No. The very fact they are on-screen means that they have to be on the end viewer's computer.

    Watermark them.
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013
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  3. AllUpHere

    AllUpHere UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Yes, you can make it more difficult by disabling the right click function. Any savvy user will simply turn off their JavaScript though.
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: AllUpHere Member since: Jun 30, 2014
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  4. billiehop

    billiehop UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks for yours answers!
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: billiehop Member since: Sep 10, 2020
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  5. The Byre

    The Byre UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Or hit the screen-dump (print-screen) button.
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: The Byre Member since: Aug 13, 2013
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  6. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    You could use someone like Getty Images to sell them on, and they will find any transgressors who don't pay you your royalty fee
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  7. gpietersz

    gpietersz UKBF Ace Full Member

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    There are services that will find breaches of copyright, although the ones I know of look for matching text.

    You could use Google search or similar to find matching images manually: you can search for matches to an uploaded image or an image at a url here https://images.google.com/

    There are APIs you could write a script against to look for breaches.

    The question is, what will you do when you find them?

    You could also watermark images. I have clients who do that. You need to make an effort to make sure they do not spoil the image, but they are difficult to remove so seem to work well.

    Disabling right click is a waste of time. There are many and easy ways around it.
     
    Posted: Sep 11, 2020 By: gpietersz Member since: Sep 10, 2019
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  8. iDigLocal

    iDigLocal UKBF Regular Full Member

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    One solution is to use watermarks. It will of course affect the image display but you can try and make the water mark as non-intrusive as possible.

    We have written code to do this for clients so that images that are uploaded are regenerated with water marks on the front end even when opened in the browser or saved.

    This is the most secure method, disabling right click is pointless. You will notice that image repository websites like shutterstock etc.. use this method and businesses like that probably spend a lot of time thinking about that sort of thing.
     
    Posted: Sep 15, 2020 at 9:27 AM By: iDigLocal Member since: May 9, 2018
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  9. Naheed Mir

    Naheed Mir UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    The DMCA helps in free protection of your website as no one can access your images or other content without permission. It also offers a free image watermarking service. There is also a DMCA plugin available for the WordPress site.
     
    Posted: Sep 15, 2020 at 12:48 PM By: Naheed Mir Member since: Aug 10, 2020
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  10. MBE2017

    MBE2017 UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Use one of the software services which track and trace copyright image theft, and then invoice the thieves. This software searches the web 24/7 365. A quick google will bring up a few options, such as Picscout, Copytrack etc.

    It’s estimated 60/80% of images are stolen.
     
    Posted: Sep 15, 2020 at 7:58 PM By: MBE2017 Member since: Feb 16, 2017
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  11. Bob Morgan

    Bob Morgan UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    In some parts of the world, COPYRIGHT means 'The Right to Copy!'
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 4:00 AM By: Bob Morgan Member since: Apr 15, 2018
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