Protecting Photos

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Will I be able to protect my photos from being stolen and copied and pasted with yola?
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Faith Jones

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Hi Faith,

The watermarking suggestions you have received above are one of the things we also suggest.

There are also Javascripts out there that can catch the mouse right-click event and prevent the user from being able to right-click and download your 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 this thread: How do I stop downloading.

Watermarking your images is the most effective way to ensure that another user cannot take your pictures and use them as their own - and what's 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.

In addition to PicMarkr, WebWatermarks and Watermarktool also offer free watermarking services.

Another alternative is to 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!

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need any further assistance.