I want to sell my photos, not allow free downloads.

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How do I stop downloading of graphics I posted on my Synthasite website?
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Hi Catmint,

We have the answer on our forum GetSatisfaction - How do I stop people right-clicking and saving Images - http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite...

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 - http://www.jamesshuggins.com/h/web1/h...

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 - http://creativecommons.org/license/