Are the pictures uploaded able to be copied

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Most free photography sites the pictures can be copied and/or saved to another pc and i just wanted to make sure noone can steal my pictures.
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You will never ever be able to protect your photos from someone that really wants them if you post them in any way shape or form on the net.
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Hi Bz Hz,

There's no way that you can prevent someone copying your images once they are displayed. It simply isn't possible despite many developments of codes to prevent right clicking etc. Once an image is displayed it is on the viewers pc as a file. For example simply taking a screen shot will copy the image into an easily used format that anyone can do.

If you intend to sell the images that you display , a good way to protect your work is to display only low resolution images and when the customer purchases an image from you you send them the high res copy.

Watermarking your images has limited success and for many photographers a really neagtive aspect to view their mutilated image and for the determined thieves they are prepared to go and remove a water-mark, which is also quite easy although may take some time using something like Photoshop or any other image manipulation program. A remarkable example of this reverse engineering was a criminal case just a few years ago where a person took a portrait and manipulated it beyond recognition to look like a vortex using various random procedures. The police were able to reverse engineer the image and produce a very good and clear image of the criminal's face. :)

Your best bet is to use the fact that any image you create belongs to you in law. Any unauthorised use is an infringement of your Copyright and a report by you can bring the thief's web-site down. You do not have to register your image at all; the fact that you created it automatically means that it is yours (for 70 years after your death) :)

With the tool Google Images, it is now very easy to detect other published copies of your image within seconds.