You must realize, you can not stop people from taking your images. You can basically expect people to take your text and images at some point. Which is really nasty, but a fact of life in the web community. Lots of ways to do it and I will not post them here to teach how to steal.
There are options. Some more complicated, some more effective than others.
Use a copyright statement. On your home page should be a simple statement something to the effect of: "Contents of this web site and all original works are copyright ©2005 your name here - All rights reserved. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of owner." Or this type of statement:
"You are not permitted to copy, broadcast, download, store (in any medium), transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change in any way the content of these web pages for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of the site owner."
Statements like these officially put you on record that the material is YOURS, not public domain.
Use a 'no right click' option. useful only to slow people down much like a speed bump on a road. If someone really wants to steal your stuff, they will and there's no stopping them. This is another way to put you on record that the images are not for public use.
Consider using a limited no right click script that only prevents right click on images but still allows access to the rest of the menu. Dynamic Drive has a nice code here. Change the wording to "Please do not take the copyrighted images" and it will be received better by visitors.
Disable the IE toolbar. That toolbar is an invitation to take images! Disable it so the option does not appear when you mouse over the image!
To capture the code, press Select All then COPY the contents.
Place code into an Insert HTML (Webgem in Trellix)
Visually watermark your image with copyright info...Paint Shop Pro and many other photo programs can do that for you. No special software needed. Even if they download the image, it would be a marked copy of the image, making it harder to use or worthless to someone to keep.
THIS IS YOUR BEST OPTION! If you want to sell photos, I highly recommend you consider using a photo program to place a sheer text overlay (visual watermark) across the image that says "SAMPLE" or a logo, etc. as shown in the sample above. You can see the photo through the text, but if someone tried to capture/print what's on your website, they would get one that says SAMPLE on it! To get the real thing, they have to order an image from you.
I use this method when making new background layout images for sale! I overlay my Sami and dragonfly on the images in areas that would be difficult for them to remove manually. Once the image is paid for, I provide them with the non-watermarked product.
Use a DIGITAL watermark. This process places digital info into the image that can not be removed if they take your original image, proving where the image came from. To personalize and register the watermark, costs $49 to $499 per year. Google for more info.
SLICE your image into pieces. I made an example here (made in Paint Shop Pro). The photo has 20 pieces to it! Many photo programs offer slicing as part of the web ready options.
Use FLASH software. Richard (the Globalscape flash "king") came up with the most unusual way to display a photo: This effectively stops the visitor from capturing the full photo as there is always part of it covered! Richard first demonstrated this effect using a plate and horizontal banner. His site is no longer available. I made mine with a collectible sculpture that has been in our family a long time and added the extra circular spin to distort the image more.
Use image names that do not make sense. If you do not want people to find your images in Google's Image directory (or one of the many others now doing it), name your images something that is not easily searchable! If you are using Trellix or CSB to build your site, this is already being done for you! Read more about it here.
You can do somethings like Image slicing, watermarking (background identification), layering etc but in the end, if someone really wants your image, they will get it, if nothing else, they can just use screen capture software! Even photo programs have image capture in them. I use screen capture to make tutorials so there is a good use for it, besides ripping people off!
Hot-linking is linking to an image or content of a web page that is not on the same website.
Can be used for good purposes with clean motives. Ex: in order to have a profile image on the Globalscape board, you have to link to an image stored on your own website space. The profile image link originates on one site to show content from another site and in this case, with permission of the owner of the site. My profile on the discussion board at Globalscape shows an image that is not stored on thier server, but on my website space.
But hot-linking is more known for a hostile act of theft of content! Some message boards are FULL of it where people link to other than thier own site to an image that proves their point in some way.
Someone surfing the net finds an image they like. They get the URL address of that image on the site it is already on. Then on their own site they point to that image and PRESTO that image appears without ever storing the image.
All free clipart sites say download to your own machine, do not link to us. Linking to the image on their site is hot-linking.
Even used with permission to link to an image off-site, the linking to that image is a drag against the bandwidth of the site with the image. When the image is linked without permission, it is a double whammy to the originating site. Though the visitor never TOOK your image, they are USING your image, stealing your website resource. The worst part? If the image is popular, the image can actually use up all your allotted bandwidth at YOUR webhost shutting down your website, and no one even knows the popular image is yours!
You can do some things to stop hot linking. But WHAT you can do is limited to what your web host allows and what type of server you are on.
TECHNICAL, FAST INTERVENTION: Use an .htaccess file! Best htaccess tutorial
- BEST OPTION, if your host allows this fast easy way to stop hot linking: define who can link to your image files, and block everyone else. You can prepare this simple file in NOTEPAD. No special tools are necessary.
- If your host has cPanel installed, you can use the HOT LINKING protection built-in. This option actually writes your .htaccess file for you! Saves you one step.
- htaccess file also has other features (password protection, block users, sites, etc) so it is wonderfully useful.
TECHNICAL INTERVENTION - WINDOWS SERVER:
- Sorry folks. You are left out of the easy method of htaccess! No built-in hot-linking protection. You will need a mod re-write to cause Windows to block access. Contact a programmer to do this for you!
NON-TECHNICAL - all servers. More time consuming but can give you a sense of satisfaction for turning the table on the abuser! 3 step process:
1. Identify the image being drawn into the offending site. Lets say they are taking checkmark.gif
2. Take the offending image out of your website page and put it back in.
- CSB will change the name of the file for you so just remove and then use INSERT > PICTURE to put it back in. (Please see this page for more info on CSB image names)
- If you are pulling the image into your page using code then you will need to change the name of the image file in the code and change the name of the image file using FTP software
<IMG SRC="h**p://www.samisite.com/images/checkmark.gif" border=0> would become:
<IMG SRC="h**p://www.samisite.com/images/checkmk.gif" border=0>
Publish/Upload your changed web page. You will be pulling in the NEW image file, not the old one. If you use that image file in other places, you will need to adjust the other areas too so YOUR website will still function normally, while breaking the link the other site has.
3. Now the fun part. Use an FTP program (or your site manager/control panel) to upload a NEW image called checkmark.gif, the same name that they are using to draw in the image. The other site does not know you changed YOUR image. They will still be linking to the original image name. If you upload a different file, you can drive them nuts, legally and properly so. Remember, as soon as you upload the new image with the old name, their web page will display the new image.
They will have to change the link to your new image name to show it again. But most people will not. They see what you have done, replaced images and drop the issue and seek other people to steal from instead. If the offender changes the links to grab your charts again, just rename your links/images again, and this time, be more forceful in the image statement. BADSITE.COM STEALS IMAGES usually leaves a bad taste, especially if you can send an email to stop, and even post on a blog, message board, etc offered by the website. MOST will not keep chasing the same files over and over. He might come back a month later to check so he would need to be watched now and then for compliance.