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    Hi all,

    How do you protect images on your site from being "borrowed"? Not that I'm selfish or anything but I don't want someone helping themselves to images I've worked hard to create.

    I know about disabling the right mouse click and save as functions as a way to dissuade people from helping themselves to your images, but I also heard that doesn't stop someone who is computer savvy. Does anyone know of another way that works?

    Assuming someone does take your image, is there a way it can be tracked? I would like to put some type of permanent invisible marker along the lines of "MINE! ALL MINE!" on my images and then be able to do a search in one of the search engines for it later. Is this possible? If so, how?

    Any suggestions or tips? All are appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Apart from a visible watermark on the image (& sometimes not even then), if you put it online, it can be "borrowed".

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    What Pete said -- if it's on the web people can borrow it. When all else fails, there's always print screen.

    However, there is also digital watermarking -- probably the most commonly known is DigiMarc You can't just go to Google to see if someone has stolen your image, but it does have a spider that tracks for you. And the digital watermark is reported to survive not only printscreen, but printing and scanning of the image.

    It's not free, of course.

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    Have a look at this article at Complete Results (you can see the full list of back articles here). The article's about protecting your images directory from people directly linking in, which might be helpful.

    There's also a pretty good newsletter on the site you can subscribe to which comes out twice a week with some good tips.

    [ 06-07-2002: Message edited by: Dynamoo ]

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    Sounds great. I will check out Digimarc and read the articles. Thanks!

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