ANITIX87
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Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Mon May 10, 2010 9:09 pm

Hello.

There have been, especially recently, many threads regarding illegal use of images and copyright theft (including one I may have been a little heated in).

I decided to suggest an idea here (I considered putting in Site Related, so please move it if need be) of a simple, easy method to additionally protect all the images photographers have worked so hard to get uploaded here.

DISABLE RIGHT-CLICKING.

Yes, I realize this will not solve all the issues, but I feel it will go a LONG way in giving photographers piece of mind (myself included) and, as I said, is just a single line of code (that I believe can even be applied to the style-sheet used for the website, to save time). As there are no functions on this website that require right-clicking, I don't believe any of the functionality will be lost.

I'm curious to see what others might think of this idea. Again, I realize this will not put an end to copyright theft and illegal use, but it may help significantly.

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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Mon May 10, 2010 9:44 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
I'm curious to see what others might think of this idea. Again, I realize this will not put an end to copyright theft and illegal use, but it may help significantly.

Hi TIS
I do not think of it as a good idea as it will indeed have little impact on anyone willing to get the image (printscreen, or get the url via the html code).
Although the violators will be more aware that they are using the image illegaly, it is not a valid argument i believe because 98% of them are aware of this already (especially regarding commercial use).

However it will be a pain for most users who just want to use the image as a screensaver or save their prefered pictures just for the love of having and collecting awesome pics.

My opinion  
 
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Mon May 10, 2010 10:12 pm

Anybody can get around that rule by screen dumping and subsequently cropping the output on a simple software like Paint for example. Or they can just hit Ctrl+S, save the entire page and pick the jpeg from the folder where it was saved. It's terribly simple. Google's Orkut back in the day employed the same technique but then realized it was ineffective and pointless. Regardless of whether a solution exists to curb illegal image use, this is not it.

Quoting mat1979 (Reply 1):
However it will be a pain for most users who just want to use the image as a screensaver or save their prefered pictures just for the love of having and collecting awesome pics.

This is a very valid point. In fact, I am one of them, as are I'm sure many others here.  
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Mon May 10, 2010 11:48 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
DISABLE RIGHT-CLICKING.

The scripts to disable right clicking can also be disabled easily as well.

The other method is to load the images dynamically through a Flash player instead.
 
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 12:38 am

I upload pictures on a website that has right-clicking disabled. One thing that totally puts me off is that you can't use any copy-and-paste on that site. I use this function quite a bit here while uploading, copying bits of text from my previous uploads, aircraft registrations, aircraft types, etc. Disabling right-clicking would be pain in the a** for me as a photographer. Also copy-and-paste comes in handy when using this forum (for instance, copying photo ID's and photographers' names for The Real Treasure Of Airliners.net thread. All up, disabling right-clicking would be a major impediment to me as a user.

By the way, if I wanted to save pictures from that website on my computer I could always use Print Screen button.

[Edited 2010-05-10 17:39:50]
 
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 4:57 am

Disabling right-clicking makes a site look extremely cheap and amateur-ish. I definitely don't think that's a good idea. Furthermore, as others pointed out, the measure can be circumvented in a matter of seconds by anyone.
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ANITIX87
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 11:15 am

Quoting Chukcha (Reply 4):
I upload pictures on a website that has right-clicking disabled. One thing that totally puts me off is that you can't use any copy-and-paste on that site. I use this function quite a bit here while uploading, copying bits of text from my previous uploads, aircraft registrations, aircraft types, etc. Disabling right-clicking would be pain in the a** for me as a photographer.

Keyboard commands for copy and paste would still work with right-clicking disabled.

Clearly this idea isn't too popular, haha. On to the next person.

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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 4:49 pm

Disabling right-clicking is just an annoyance. All one has to do is to disable JavaScript and you can right-click to heart's content. In Firefox, Tools>Options...>Content and then remove the check from the box next to "Enable JavaScript"
 
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 5:12 pm

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 5):
Disabling right-clicking makes a site look extremely cheap and amateur-ish. I definitely don't think that's a good idea. Furthermore, as others pointed out, the measure can be

I agree with most of what has been said except this. The lack right clicking ability or lack of save as function from the right click menu is something commonly seen on highly protected websites often run by pretty large professional organizations. I'm not seeing how it would make this place look cheap.
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 10:21 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):
Keyboard commands for copy and paste would still work with right-clicking disabled.

Still. it would be a major annoyance to me personally. We've had enough annoyances with this website recently, don't you think?
 
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Tue May 11, 2010 11:09 pm

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 8):
I agree with most of what has been said except this. The lack right clicking ability or lack of save as function from the right click menu is something commonly seen on highly protected websites often run by pretty large professional organizations. I'm not seeing how it would make this place look cheap.

It's pretty frowned upon by large professional organisations that I know of, and largely frowned upon in the web-design community. It's not a very nice user experience.

Formula1.com is a notable exception - they insist on the copyright message being thrown up on each press of the right click menu - but they can't stop you from seeing the source of images through methods such as Firebug plugin for Firefox.

For me, I'm not bothered by right clicking, people will grab your images no matter what you do - you just have to watermark the image robustly, right across detailed parts of the image where it will be most difficult to remove the watermark.
 
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Wed May 12, 2010 9:15 am

Quoting cpd (Reply 10):
For me, I'm not bothered by right clicking, people will grab your images no matter what you do - you just have to watermark the image robustly, right across detailed parts of the image where it will be most difficult to remove the watermark.

Also, at one point you have to accept that the Internet, being the way it is; people are bound to flick your images one way or another, watermark or no watermark. To ensure that your photos don't get used in any way AT ALL, you'd be better off not uploading them. Just a passing thought.  
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RE: Protection Of Image Copyright - New Idea

Wed May 12, 2010 10:30 am

Chukcha, I agree 100% that disabling right click will not work.

It is easy to get around.
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