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right click on images
re: copying images.
Elaine wajcman




msg:374902
 5:35 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have to rephrase my question re: copying images.
How do you stop the right click for copy and paste
of pictures (no copywrite advise please). On some website if you right click the copy and paste does not work.

 

maccas




msg:374903
 5:52 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Javascript, search for "no right click".

Paul in South Africa




msg:374904
 6:04 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

On some website if you right click the copy and paste does not work.

And you also annoy anyone who uses right click to open a new tab in Firefox amongst other things. Search this site and you will find many posts advising you not to do it. If an image is visible in someone's browser it can be copied.

larryhatch




msg:374905
 6:15 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

I used to use a JS no-right-click gimmick, but I took that down.
A visitor emailed to ask why I was disallowing some other perfectly innocent function.
Paul in SA is right; virtually any browser nowadays can copy images at will, regardless.
What I do is search my access logs for hot-linked images with no page URL or credits.
Once in a long while I do a image searches to see if my images magically appear on other sites. - Larry

topr8




msg:374906
 6:44 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

here is the best way to do it.

use an external style sheet, when you show an image on the page use a single cell table with the image you want set as the background image, size the table appropriately ...

do this by creating a css style specifically for that table/image.

if you think about this it is easy to do.

Tomness




msg:374907
 10:32 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've never thought that about that ^ but it is a very good idea.

Only firefox users will be able to get to it then.

It beats anti-right clicking.

topr8




msg:374908
 10:54 am on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>Only firefox users will be able to get to it then.

well like all 'onpage' methods to prevent image theft anyone who really wants to and who has the knowledge will get around it, but i think the table (or div) background method will fox many who would otherwise get around the right click method.

another way if you are very serious is to digitally watermark your images, then send a bot out searching for images that have your 'watermark' (there are companies that will do this for you - btw the watermark is invisible to the eye) - when you find one you just email the upstream service provider of the website concerned (and there is always an upstream provider unless they are a telecoms company themselves) tell them that you are going to sue and they will take the website down - which is why using a third party to manage the watermarks is a good idea bacause they add credence to your case

jomaxx




msg:374909
 3:21 pm on Jul 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

No, do not send a bot off to download the entire contents of the Internet just because you're testy about people reusing your pictures. That would be insane behaviour. Use the table thing if you feel you need to, as it seems harmless, but it won't stop anybody using any browser from grabbing your pic if they want it.

Tomness




msg:374910
 12:07 am on Jul 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah, there's not any way to stop image theft - even if you come up with a really, really good way to stop someone saving it, they could just print screen and crop it.

microcars




msg:374911
 2:48 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

The "image as backround in a cell" trick is good for deterring most casual image theft.

Another thing to make it even better is to put a clear 1x1 GIF in that Cell as the IMAGE. Have it fill the entire cell.

When someone Right Clicks on it, they get an Image that they can Download! Then they move on thinking they have downloaded the image.

As pointed out, you can't really completely stop it especially screen shots, but you can make the process a bit more difficult, another thing to do is to chop up the image into 2 or more pieces and have them in Cells next to each other, they can Right Click and THINK they are getting an image, but they really are only getting part of it. This leaves them with Screenshot only for the most part.

You could also try turning your Images into FLASH movies (that just have a single frame).
Again, Screen Shots will work though.

Tomness




msg:374912
 10:00 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Another thing to make it even better is to put a clear 1x1 GIF in that Cell as the IMAGE. Have it fill the entire cell.

When someone Right Clicks on it, they get an Image that they can Download! Then they move on thinking they have downloaded the image.

What an excelent idea, I would have never thought of that.

faltered




msg:374913
 1:32 pm on Jul 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

This topic comes up all the time, as a PP mentioned.

It annoys the hell out of me when I right click on something only to find out that right click is disabled. By disabling right click for the purpose of not copying images, you also lose some functionality.

If I want a photo that bad, I'll just hit print screen and grab it that way.

Best advice to protect your image would be to put a copyright notice right on the photo. That way if someone grabs it, the copyright is there for the world to see.

Psazf




msg:374914
 2:15 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

When reading this topic, I also remember another situation, different from images, that maybe is good to disable the selecttext/copy ability.

Image you have a directory site, with names of, I don't know, imagine, names of restaurants, and pubs, and discotteque, and so on. Like Yellow pages, for example.

How many hours of works did you spend to search, organize and publish this all information! Do you think it's fair, someone arrive to your site, select all the text page with all this info and select/copy everything and in minutes has a new list to paste in his document/page?

For example, here in Portugal, we also have a Yellow Pages website with info about all portuguese companies. And when we are making a search there, the results, company name, address, phone number, mail, webaddress, and so on, displayed in their pages, are not in text format, but on a single image (jpg) file (black/white), so it will be more difficult for anyone to grabb and take all that info for own documents and databases.

Kind regards
PSAZF
(Portugal)

jim_w




msg:374915
 3:38 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I didn’t think the image as background in a table worked in all browsers. I could be wrong.

I take my images and put a very light text in the image, ‘Example from thedomain.com’ so that if they really want them, they have to also edit the graphics to get it out, or let ppl see where they got the image from.

Elaine wajcman




msg:374916
 5:49 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

thanks everyone, there are some great answers there.

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