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09/24/2009 12:46:51 PM · #1
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'Protecting Your Images'
by Skip

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09/24/2009 02:12:59 PM · #2
That doesn't really protect your images at all? I mean it makes it possible for someone to know who took it and that it is copyrighted, but overall, if they wanted to use the image, they just crop it around the image.
09/24/2009 03:04:57 PM · #3
I like the idea. Obviously nothing short of watermarking can stop a theif (and that some times doesn't even work), but at least it avoids an honest person from making a mistake.
09/25/2009 12:02:47 AM · #4
Originally posted by AJSullivan:

That doesn't really protect your images at all? I mean it makes it possible for someone to know who took it and that it is copyrighted, but overall, if they wanted to use the image, they just crop it around the image.

you're absolutely right. in reality, there's no way to protect your images. just like 'three people can keep a secret if two are dead...'

on the other hand, my experience has been that maintaining intellectual property rights is more a matter of education than a matter of trying to put images in a lock box. it's nearly impossible to stop someone who's really determined, but the more you do to make people aware of the issue, the better off you'll be.

and, as i pointed out in the tutorial, at the very least, this adds a TON more value to a delivered print than the standard delivery ;-)
09/25/2009 12:37:25 AM · #5
I use a variation on your technique for almost all my print images, though with less detail in both the caption and the copyright statement.

I pretty much make them to look like a poster ... as you say, if they have the bucks to frame it the mat will cover the border area and caption (if desired), and if it's a college student or something they can tack or tape it up on the dorm room wall ... now if I could only figure out how to sell a few!

I'm trying to decide whether I should lower my already too-low prices, or increase them by a factor of ten or so ... :-(

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_dpcprints/0-4999/1031/500/732498.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_dpcprints/0-4999/1031/500/732498.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

ETA: Another benefit of this technique is that you don't have to take any guff from quick-print shop clerks about printing "professional" images as long as you have your ID with you.

Message edited by author 2009-09-25 00:40:11.
09/25/2009 09:37:00 AM · #6
Originally posted by AJSullivan:

That doesn't really protect your images at all? I mean it makes it possible for someone to know who took it and that it is copyrighted, but overall, if they wanted to use the image, they just crop it around the image.


It can definitely help though, I suppose, and as ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Skip said, it will help educate and possibly prevent those who just don't know from taking the photo.
07/13/2020 07:53:08 PM · #7
Skip, thanks so much for your tutorial.
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