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protecting/locking a photo on the web
John OHara, Photographer
Petaluma | Ca | United States | Posted: 10:55 PM on 07.08.09
->> I would like to know how to PROTECT, lock a single image from anyone dragging the photo from a web site. I hope to get a few reply's on this one. Thanks...John
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 10:57 PM on 07.08.09
->> If it can be viewed on the web, it can be "stolen" (either downloaded or at worst a screen capture).
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 11:03 PM on 07.08.09
->> Delane is correct. Even if it's in a flash application, there are simple/easy ways to extract it. Your best protection is to watermark it in a hard to remove location.
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Jeff Mills, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 11:29 PM on 07.08.09
->> Since theres no way to truely protect an image on the web, the best bet is to either watermark or mmake it small enough its of no real commercial value. Someone could still steal it but theres really not much someone can do with a 600 pixel wide web image for the most part, yet if its such a valuable or rare image that you'd have to worry about even that, then its an image I would suggest not posting in the web in the first place.
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John OHara, Photographer
Petaluma | Ca | United States | Posted: 11:45 PM on 07.08.09
->> That is what I thought. On my site, which is just horse shows, I put " DO NOT COPY" on the thumb nails. They are really small. Then I get invited to join someone on FACEBOOK, I look at there site and my DO NOT COPY photo is their lead photo. Anymore I don't get upset. For the few who take things, the rest of the exhibitors are really good people.
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Sycamore | IL | USA | Posted: 11:55 PM on 07.08.09
->> If you only need to protect a few photos from right-clicks you can resort to the old trick of creating an HTML table and using your image as the *background* image. Then for the main image have a clear .gif image of the same dimensions over the background image.

Oh sure it's pretty easy to defeat but I'd love to see the look on someone's face when they upload a transparent .gif file to their Facebook page.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 12:35 AM on 07.09.09
->> Hi John, the average person our age would be stymied by the clear gif. But if they have a 10 yr old in the house, forget about it. :) Large watermark and clear gif. is your best defense. Mostly the large watermark.
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Sycamore | IL | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 12.07.09
->> The link to this article just came to me on one of the LISTSERVs I am on... it gives a pretty good analysis of the different kinds of online image protection that are available:
http://www.naturefocused.com/articles/image-protection.html
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Allen Lester, Photographer
Norfolk | VA | USA | Posted: 6:04 PM on 12.07.09
->> John,
For all of our on-line images we use a watermark with large text that states, "Watermark removed when image is legally purchased". Yes, you can't stop 'em from copying the images, but they look rather stupid with a copy hanging on the wall or posted on the web with the above noted watermark.
Allen
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 10:25 PM on 12.07.09
->> My watermark is the copyright symbol and my url. If someone is gonna steal my stuff, the least I should get out of the raw deal is some promotion for my site!
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 2:11 AM on 12.08.09
->> Jeff wrote:
"... Someone could still steal it but theres really not much someone can do with a 600 pixel wide web image for the most part,..."

Not true. I've made acceptable 4x6 prints from 400x600 pixel files. Lab print no, but with any decent inkjet printer which tends to look like a print out any 4mp camera. 600 pixels is too large 450 or less is far safer.
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