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by pravash ranjan behera
pravash ranjan behera
May 21, 2014
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The incredible growth of internet has both positive and negative implications. While communication has seen a remarkable shift, information is readily available and offers many more advantages. There is also the issue of plagiarism where not only the content is stolen, but also the images. If you are a victim of such photo thefts and want a solution for it, there are many ways which are effective to a certain extent. While copying cannot be prevented totally, it can be made difficult to do, forcing visitors to know your stand on image protection.


Using Tech-savvy Methods

One way to prevent the image theft is by compiling all the images in flash file, or protecting them securely in a Java application. Though these methods are good, to be able to view the images, you need high speed internet connection or the technology. While it is difficult to steal the images unless the thieves are techno savvy, you may end up annoying potential customers which is counterproductive.

Right Click Plugin

With images being a popular way of sharing information online and attracting customers, you need to take advantage of the trend and use them in your content. To protect the images, you can use the No right click plugin. This is a special plugin that prevent users from saving the images by right clicking on them. To save the images, you need to do a lot of steps which deters most of the thieves.

Place Watermarks

This is a good technique which when done effectively will blend with the image and still be visible, and tell the user that the image is owned by you. From huge marks to simple and invisible ones, there are different ways to do the watermarking.


Splitting the Image

This method was used in the early days of internet to prevent crashing down due to huge image file uploading. The image is loaded as tiny pictures or chopped into tiny ones. The split image is then reassembled with the help of HTML.

Use Keywords, Captions, and Copyrights

You can edit photos and keyword them using the Adobe Lightroom 3 program, which makes it easy for searching the image. The keywords are entered in the EXIF data in the image. Including copyright information in the image, while uploading it, is also a good way to prevent it from being stolen. This can be done in the creator, author or copyright area of the EXIF data. Adding your name in the caption segment makes it easy for the image to be picked up when someone does an image search.

Copyrighted Stamp Showing Patent Or Trademarks

There are photo sharing services that take away all these information, while uploading or by using the save for the web Photoshop option. Further, the information overload can affect the loading time greatly.

While the internet is a boon for budding artists who get a platform where they can share their artwork with audience globally, whatever images you upload has the danger of being stolen by someone some time. Though it is not possible to entirely prevent the act of stealing, you can at least put up some effective barriers that will dissuade most of the amateur culprits.

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