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Old 1st January 2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default My Photos Are Being Ripped Off

Ok told you they were coming. in my business it's beneficial for me to place pictures on my web site (before & afters). Problem is I'm finding my photos on other web sites!

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How to make it so they can't?
How can I put on watermark on my pictures?

Sorry couldn't locate a thread that covers this topic.


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Old 1st January 2010, 07:23 PM   #2
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Default Internet Scamming of Pics

Wow, not stupid, great question.

My cousin just found his pictures were stolen on some "Ripped Juice" stuff. Watermarking? With Adobe Photoshop you can put a semi-transparent label across your picture that will protect them.

Good luck! If you post the affiliate link I'll try to help you track them down.



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Old 1st January 2010, 08:18 PM   #3
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Wow, not stupid, great question.

My cousin just found his pictures were stolen on some "Ripped Juice" stuff. Watermarking? With Adobe Photoshop you can put a semi-transparent label across your picture that will protect them.

Good luck! If you post the affiliate link I'll try to help you track them down.

I was able to handle every situation that occurred (in the US) but there is one company in Canada that is using "word for word" my front page!

Thier page even says
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Serving all of Maricopa County including Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Surprise, Peoria, and Chandler.
That is on my front page!! Grrrrrr


and photoshop ....
I think I've looked into that and found it to cumbersome, but it was more than likely an operator error thing.

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Yeah, photoshop is a monster.

Good luck, got a link we can use to help bring justice to you? You can email their hosting company (find it under whois:sitename.com) and quote the Digital Media Copyright Act and get their site taken down ASAP



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Old 1st January 2010, 09:10 PM   #5
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Even the ones outside the USA?

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Old 11th January 2010, 01:26 AM   #6
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Even the ones outside the USA?
Depends on what country.

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Old 12th January 2010, 12:59 PM   #7
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Default Some Quick Options

Here is a link on how to watermark a photo using GIMP (an open source alternative to PhotoShop)
http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/12/12...ge-using-gimp/

There are actually many alternatives you might consider as well.

if you are using a CMS (content management system like Wordpress, Joomla et all) you should be able to have watermarks created dynamically so you don't have to manually watermark each image before you upload it. If you're not familiar with programming you could hire a programmer to do this for you.

You can also limit this by blocking certain user agents in your .htaccess file (cURL wget would be some common ones) this isn't a complete fix as you can spoof your user agent fairly easily but it would stop the lazy folks that don't bother.

Some people also disable the ability to right click this would stop humans from right clicking and "save as" your images as opposed to scripts in the previous example.

There are also scripts so that when people do use your images the code they copy automatically inserts a link back to you attributing you are the image creator. (I can't find a link, but if I come across it I'll post it here).

I'm sure there are more options but hopefully this gave you some ideas.

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It is hard to protect your photo content. Even with a watermark, people still can photoshop it. If you put locks on the photos on your website, people can do a screen shot. You are better off using generic information.

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the suggestions in this thread are good. However unless you feel they are also stealing revenue/sales from you by way of infringing on your photos/front page, it's not necessarily worth your time to worry about it.

If it's not costing you money, don't spend your time fixing it!

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the suggestions in this thread are good. However unless you feel they are also stealing revenue/sales from you by way of infringing on your photos/front page, it's not necessarily worth your time to worry about it.

If it's not costing you money, don't spend your time fixing it!


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