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Right-click protection off-site?

So we all probably know the Smugmug has right-click protection on their site while people view your sports photos, and additional ability to limit viewing size (pixels). Despite this, I recently discovered that if you use the Share link of a photo to post the image in a forum or blog, or even to send to someone, that the actual image IS loaded into the browser with no remaining protection. So while I as the owner can choose to turm off sharing by viewers on smugmug portfolio, I am hosed if I want to publicly share them. (I keep my watermark on right bottom which mostly allows scammers to Photoshop them.)

So, does anyone know a way to achieve right-click protection any other way when embedding photo on external sites? As you see above, my assumption that the smugmug display technology extended was erroneous.

Guy



Sep 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · Right-click protection off-site?


Guy,

It's been said many times here that the only way to assure your photos aren't used in ways you don't want them to be used is to not post them. Right-click is only one means of access, up to an including actually taking a photo of your photo on the screen (reference Paul for that one).



Sep 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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Fair statement, but technical deterrent is always helpful too which is why I ask.

Guy



Sep 30, 2012 at 04:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · Right-click protection off-site?


If you can see it...you can get it...just a fact of life...


Sep 30, 2012 at 04:19 AM
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What you're suggesting is that sites you want to share images with honor the protections you've set on the gallery. Doesn't really work that way. And just like checking the "don't track me" option in the browser, it would really only be a request and not a requirement.

I cannot think of a way, other than changing how images are shared, to do that.

You'd be much better off sharing smaller images or lower resolutions.



Sep 30, 2012 at 04:28 AM
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p.1 #6 · Right-click protection off-site?


Jefferson wrote:
If you can see it...you can get it...just a fact of life...


+1



Sep 30, 2012 at 04:38 AM
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ian408 wrote:
What you're suggesting is that sites you want to share images with honor the protections you've set on the gallery. Doesn't really work that way. And just like checking the "don't track me" option in the browser, it would really only be a request and not a requirement.

I cannot think of a way, other than changing how images are shared, to do that.

You'd be much better off sharing smaller images or lower resolutions.

I was thinking it would be great if there were to embed the same player technology that smugmug actually uses and then fill the hosting forums "frame" with the stream instead of the jpeg. As such there would be an actual image to save. I realize a screen print etc would still be possible. I wasn't trying to get smugmug to protect on the external site, just use their same display technology.



Sep 30, 2012 at 04:12 PM
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Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool

As mentioned, if you can see it, it can be grabbed...Windows 7 (maybe Vista too) gives you the tools to do it.

If your watermark is only across the bottom, then it doesn't require PS to remove it, but just a simple crop.

Place your watermark across the center of the photo, or in multiple places. Yes, you will get a couple complaints that it goes across their face, but it shouldn't be massive. This still won't stop people from publishing your (my) photos in an event program or even the Yellow Pages (yes, I'm serious).

But with the watermark over more of the photo, it will keep 99% of the people honest. The other 1% you can not do anything about, they won't ever pay anything and will either try to get rid of the watermark, or simply don't care about it. Again, to thwart this 1%, you have to sacrifice the other 99% and not post online at all.



Sep 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
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Hammy,.

I do the watermark all over the photo, horizontal top to bottom, and they take them all the time especially the kids for their facebook photos. I would bet that 80% of the football team that I shoot has them as their profile pics and they all have my logo on them. Its a part of shooting in 2012




Oct 01, 2012 at 08:03 PM
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Don,

I agree - we get thousands of pix posted online from cell phone grabs of our viewstations or online. The trick is to get that to work for you.

This year, we'll make it easier for customers to get their facebook photo... give it to them. But doing so gets me their email address, they'll automatically be 'Liking' my corporate page and with the watermark done right, it's free marketing for us!

You're right, we're in changing times - digitally of course - which is so hard to controll (ask the audio industry.) So we need to stop fighting it, and work toward a merger that benefits both parties.



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Hammy,

That's a great idea! I am going to look into that. Get a free facebook photo but simply liking us.....I will have to see how that works.

Again I say, this seems to me to be the single best place to get actual shooters to give advice on so many things related to photography.

Thanks Hammy and FM



Oct 01, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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p.1 #12 · Right-click protection off-site?


I moved this from sports because I think you might get more helpful answers in the Pro Corner. Personally, I would not use Smugmug. In the past I have put a clear gif over images to stop right clicking, but nothing is fool proof. If someone wants your image, there are ways.


Oct 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
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Carl- thanks and clever idea on the gif.
Hammy- Dow do you automate the FB Like <-> email <-> download process?

Guy



Oct 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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gschlact wrote:
Fair statement, but technical deterrent is always helpful too which is why I ask.

Guy


No it's not. Even with right-click protection, when they view the picture, their browser needs to download a copy of the picture to be able to display it. When that happens, it's already in their browser cache.



Oct 02, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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No it's not. Even with right-click protection, when they view the picture, their browser needs to download a copy of the picture to be able to display it. When that happens, it's already in their browser cache.

+1. I'm surprised that most photographers -- including those who have their own web sites -- don't understand how their internet browsers work.

John



Oct 02, 2012 at 05:16 PM
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gschlact wrote:
Hammy- Dow do you automate the FB Like <-> email <-> download process?
Guy



Do I, or How do I?

Either way, yes it will be automated. My programmer and I will be working on that over the next couple months before the start of our main season in January.

For the volume that we expect to generate, it'll have to be automated. We photograph over 60,000 competitors from 50+ countries in just 4 months, so if only 1/10th sign up for a 'free' photo, then we'd be busy! But we'll simply generate a script that we can run when we get back to the office that will fire all of them out unattended. That's the nice thing about running a completely custom website, is that we can add/change anything on the fly!



Oct 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM
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Dave,
Correct with a normal picture whhich was why I was hoping the Smugmug display technology would squirt the represented image into the browser without actual image download. I know this leaves screen capture exposed etc.

Guy



Oct 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
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If I think the shots I want to upload are that good then I only upload highly compressed images so they look fine on the monitor, but for any other use they'll look like crap.

Sadly, no matter what safeguards are put in place, someone will always find a way around the restrictions either by exploiting loopholes, or by brute force.




Oct 05, 2012 at 05:42 AM
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gschlact wrote:
Dave,
Correct with a normal picture whhich was why I was hoping the Smugmug display technology would squirt the represented image into the browser without actual image download. I know this leaves screen capture exposed etc.

Guy


There's no way to display anything without downloading it. There's no 'squirt' function or anything like that.



Oct 05, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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p.1 #20 · Right-click protection off-site?


The whole right click protection thing is sort of like copy protection in the record or movie industry. In some ways, it just annoys people, and makes them want to go out of their way to take the image even if they didn't want to in the first place.


Oct 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
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