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Any reason to not use "no right click" Javascript?

(to help prevent image thievin')

     
6:20 pm on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's a pretty weak image protection scheme but I'm trying to prevent casual image stealing.

Any reason to not use "no right click" Javascript? The only reason I can think of to not use it is that it disables other right click functions such as "open in a new window". Is that significant (I use shift-click to open in a new window, myself).

6:27 pm on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I find it a fairly useless "hack".

I think most people who steal images use SE image searches (like Google Image Search) and that circumvents the JS code at any rate, because GIS allows the user to see the image alone.

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> Any reason to not use "no right click" Javascript?

Not meant in any way as personal offence.

The above mentioned disclaimer is in no way presupposing that the reader of this post tends to get offended easily, which could be an offence for itself.

It s*cks. Sometimes I surf with only one hand and want to open a link in a new window with the context menu.

And when I started using browsers with mouse gestures it got even more annoying.

And if you prevent downloading images with this "trick" even an 8 year old can figure out that IE displays an icon menu including "Save as" if you leave the mouse at the picture (this is site ripping for dummies :))

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Good points. I don't want my users getting annoyed with navigation problems just because of image stealing. I think I'll just brand all the images, instead, so if they do grab the image, they'll always be reminded where they got it. :D
7:46 pm on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i actually think hot linking is a much bigger problem as it costs bandwidth/money unless you have taken steps.

i also disagree with the above. to prevent casual theft using js IS a good thing, i'd say most power users who would be annoyed, can easily bypass the right click function (for navigation for instance) as they probably are using opera/firefox with mouse gestures and so on, so in actual fact disabling right mouse doesn't worry them at all.

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i actually think hot linking is a much bigger problem as it costs bandwidth/money unless you have taken steps.

I'm not too worried about bandwidth problems; I think I can put in a referer thingie in there to prevent that. And regarding image search, I kinda like the idea of showing up in image searches to increase traffic.

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Another easy way to get an image that has right click disabled is to use the prt scr button. Ok, so its not that great, but its enough in some cases.
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...or just run Mozilla, and disable disabling the right mouse button...

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11:34 pm on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm a convert, formerly using the Right Click trick. All the reasons mentioned are good enough to disable right click functions. One thing I rarely see mentioned as an alternative is the use of style sheets to display your images. You can right click one of those images all day long and never get the image properties.
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I think you run a bigger risk of annoying people. There are a bunch more things on that menu than image stuff. Like open link in new window or Bookmark this page.
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I think you run a bigger risk of annoying people. There are a bunch more things on that menu than image stuff. Like open link in new window or Bookmark this page.

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. Besides, if someone takes that image and posts it in a forum somewhere or uses it on their own site, if the image has my website URL on it, I get a plug.

 

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