Copy protect my pictures

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How do I download a picture and fix it so that it cannot be copied or downloaded by anyone who views my site?
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Posted 11 years ago

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Photo of Kershnee


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Hi Shana,

We have a detailed answer on our forum GetSatisfaction - How do I stop people right-clicking and saving Images -

There are javascripts out there that can catch the mouse right-click event and prevent the user from being able to right-click and download the images. However, any somewhat savvy user can easily by-pass these scripts, and they mess with the over-all usability of your website; and as such are not recommended. For a more detailed discussion of this topic see: How do I stop downloading -

The good news however, is that there are other ways to protect your pictures, and make sure that you get suitable credit where credit is due:

1) Watermark the images:
This is the most effective way to ensure that another user cannot take your pictures and use them as their own - and what is better, if they do take the pictures and use them on their own website, they will effectively be advertising your work for you for free. If you are selling your work; what many people do is provide low-resolution watermarked images on the site, with an order form for people to request the larger unmarked images.

2) Publish your pictures under a license:
Creative commons provides an easy way for you to choose a license for your work. Check out their license generator: Creative Commons -
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Kershnee is right... put a water mark on your photos. Here is where you need to go for real copyright protection
If you register your work as a collection ...It is much cheaper that way.Still do the water mark as most 12 year old's on the net can get around anything you can come up with to try to stop downloading your work.
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Unfortunately the watermark is becoming less and less a deterrent to the image thief. It's becoming so that anyone with a copy of photoshop can remove the watermark quite quickly.

The watermark will make people stop and think. The thief will steal it and alter it. Images are also easy to identify so don't hesitate to claim any of your own that have been stolen.
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Yes there are always ways around things...The real problem is that there are many countries that will not or can't enforce international agreements concerning copyrights and or patents.