Posted Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:43AM
I've been asking photographers for their thoughts about how they go about protecting photos they put online, and I wondered if any web designers would care to weigh in and share any tips or practices you use to protect the image content you put online for others?
This could cover anything from building a web site for a photographer to using stock images for any client.
Do you worry about people taking content from the web sites you build and re-using it for their own? Do you have any advice you give potential photographer clients about what they can do and the risks involved? Do you use any coding techniques to prevent right-clicks or hotlinking?
Any and all thoughts are welcome! Thanks.
Posted Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:03AM
I don't think there is an actual effective way to do it, other than watermarking your images. I'm interested to hear what everyone else thinks.
Posted Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:11AM
There is nothing you can really do to protect someone from taking a picture from internet. In every case, a "printscreen" can be made, even when the picture is on a flash file. Best way to protect your file is to use an opaque watermark.
Posted Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:58AM
Well I don't think absolute protection from all theft is attainable once you hit the upload button, so I'm looking more at what can be done to reduce exposure to unauthorized uses.
I have to say that while screen capture is always a possibility I think that avenue of image acquisition is probably next to nil in cases of actual unauthorized uses. I say this based on my belief that people are largely too lazy.
Posted Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:26PM
This PHP watermarking script might interest you.
Posted Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:26AM
Posted Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:21PM
I was wondering if clicking and saving "copyrighted" in the xmp file info in photoshop adds a layer of copyright protection, in addition to adding the copyright symbol (create by keyying control alt c in word document), copy and paste into copyright notice section, and designer/photographers name, address, email etc, as well as copyright info url if you have a website, before uploading anything to the web helps. What do you all do?
Posted Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:42PM
big old watermark....almost 80% opacity....over the most detailed portion of my image so as to make it not worth the effort to rip it off....
Posted Sat Jun 14, 2008 1:43PM
i don't like big watermarks in the detailed portion of images, my solution therefore is to upload only resized 800x533 images.