mslina2002 - 11:59 pm on Sep 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Basically anything you put on the web people can get a hold of no matter what. However, for the average user you can make it more difficult but for the savvy hacker, they can easily find ways to get a hold of something if they want it badly enough. My images with watermark, not so much of an attraction.
Plus most of my good stuff is behind Flash image galleries that the average pinterest, tumblr, blogger don't know how to get to. Even if they did, they will have to get rid of the watermark, so no incentive there. They move on to someone else. What I put out for pinterest and for the user to pin is my advertisement and I purposely put that outside the Flash image gallery, for branding for my site. It's my AD. And if my competitor would please use my images that would be great, I would absolutely love it.
As a creator of original content I know how pain stakingly it can be to have your images stolen. Every picture is styled, props created, photographed by me. But yet I hope that by going about this route (give a little but hold back some images) that I am still able to stay in the loop with my market who happen to be the same market that has embraced pinterest. You either try to make the most of technology and stay current or shut yourself out. With the social signals being so important these days to Google and perhaps the other search engines, I see this as the best solution right now. Doesn't mean it's the best but the best for my site to this date.