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Old 02-23-2011, 02:23 PM
ShadowLight ShadowLight is offline
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Protecting your work

I was wondering how you protect your images/content in Internet.

Do you think it is possible?
Do you know a page that has great content protection?

of course <ctrl-PrnScr> will always be there, but here's my feeble attempt of content protection:

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Old 02-23-2011, 02:39 PM
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Re: Protecting your work

I use Smugmug and the basic watermark + right click protection is enough to keep honest people honest. Embedding images in a swf or similar make it more difficult but it all depends on what you need. I actually permit low-res watermarked downloads for free (sports action only). It's a way to drive traffic to my site, gain name recognition and get my message out to the people. It's free advertising and they can buy high-res images and prints of the freebies.

If you want complete protection, don't publish your work on the Internet.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:57 PM
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Re: Protecting your work

I find that with google chrome it's enough to turn on:

tools> developmentTools> [enable resource tracking]
and you can get just about anything you come across

there isn't a "complete protection" of course I was curious about different solutions to this problem and how others do it
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:28 AM
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Re: Protecting your work

Tag your images and try and keep tabs on them and usage. As far as I know there is no definitive way to protect images, unless you want to disable print screen, stop people decompiling code you are going to come up short every time. The basics are don't upload anything that you are not comfortable with being taken. As drode says there is an element of driving traffic (if that's what you want) - no doubt it's a sticky subject.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:41 AM
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Re: Protecting your work

Any file can be copied. Right click protection is not effective (it just makes copying a little more difficult)

My rule of thumb is that I only put things online in small format (less than 800 pixels longest side) and with a watermark where possible. That makes the image useless for prints so it can only be used on the web. If it is used on the web the watermark gets my name out.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:10 PM
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Re: Protecting your work

Flash is not going to be an effective method, I can download and extract the file if it is embedded and view the forks and get the address of the image if it isn't.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:19 AM
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Re: Protecting your work

It has been already pointed out somewhere else, and since so far the database is very incomplete, you can try this, to check if your work is somewhere else it shouldn't be...

They are probably not the only service provider of that kind...
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