I enjoy making a safe site for the kids to visit on the internet... but now... it takes so much time protecting our copyrighted work. It is nice to see that the majority using the internet respect works of others. BUT... due to those who take stuff because they either don't know better, or believe they have the right to say we should "share" our work in a way "they" decide... not "us"... how they can use it.
A Free program... Picture Shark... to use to watermark (add your logo and copyright) your pictures/photos.
Here are a few things that we do on this site...
I have to chuckle every time someone sends me in an email... all my images from my index page... thing is... a few of the images are missing! HA! I have another script working here that prevents them from getting those images. Proof... that it does work to prevent them from getting those graphics protected by a cgi-script. A big thank you... and a chuckle... every time I get one of these emails... seeing that... in fact... this cgi-script is working. (cgi-script mentioned below)
I've started putting the "mouse over" on some of my graphics... when someone clicks to SAVE the graphic... they will end up saving the yukky graphic instead of the original graphic. I've also linked many of my graphics to my copyright page.
There are a few programs out there, that will let their users "take" everything we have on our site... ug! For this, I've placed a little banner graphic that simply states that the graphics are copyrighted. You can only see 2x2 pixels of this banner when you visit my pages... but those who download everything... including the sites that now do the "search engine" thing for graphics... they will see that banner... it can also be seen when you look in your "cache" file.
I've also started to use a cgi script by David called, Stop Image/Bandwidth Stealing This script stops others from direck linking my graphics. This script comes with an added plus... this is how I code my images... notice, you do not see the name of the image when looking at my html's "source".
... and, on those pages where I've used this script... it seems that the graphics are not saved in the "cache" file (unless a script you are using "preloads" the graphics). This script is on my main index page, and Easter holiday page. I plan to add this script to more pages of my site.
No one thing, that I know of... works to protect our work... but using several different ways, it does help. It's too bad that we have to use any of these to make people understand that this is our "work" that we've spent a lot of time creating.
The best thing I did was to hire an attorney.
SPECIAL NOTE: I've seen many clipart sites popping up using the phrase "Public Domain Graphis" ... do not believe this... this statement, for most, is NOT true... they've collected most of their art from sites around the internet... that are IN FACT copyrighted.
Read what other Original Artists/Authors have to say, visit their page(s)...
Suggestions that you can do... to avoid others from Violating
Things you might want to concider adding to your "License to
...yes... they "should" already know how to do this, it's posted nearly on everyones site... but there are a lot of "new" travelers on the net every single day. Your page may be the first one they visit! ...or maybe they read the instructions on someone else's page, and didn't understand it. How you word your directions, they may understand.
Things you can do... when creating your graphics...
Use a Graphic Editor that will allow you to put your copyright information
right into the graphic. I wish I had of known this when I first started
putting graphics on the internet.
Both GIF Construction and Microangelo's GIFted programs are used for
Animations... but they can also be used to help YOU PROTECT YOUR GRAPHICS.
Your users (and violators) do not have to have these programs to see your
copyright information. They can open the graphic in a text editor (Windows
Note Pad for example)... follow all of the computer gibberish to the end,
and your copyright information is there.
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