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Disable Right Click

  1. darkside profile image83
    darksideposted 8 years ago


    A little bit of javascript can disable Save As and Copy functionality.

    Personally I think it's fool proof. It's the cleverer ones that will get around it. But fools might account for 80% of the violations.

  2. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    darkside, you are my new hero. I had no idea you were so  knowledgeable - every time, there you are . I have got to read more of your hubs big_smile

    I have a mac and when I steal images ( purely for my own personal use ) I drag them off the page. Will it stop this also?

    1. darkside profile image83
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      You will probably still be able to drag images off the page. However, not every one does that.

      I have a friend who surfs the net via google. If I tell him a website, eg: www.hubpages.com he'll actually type it into google and then of course more often than not, the site he's after will be the first result. He then clicks on it.

      Now when I first saw him do it I was dumbfounded. The look on my face would have been priceless (probably the same reaction I'd give if I stood in dog crap).

      Yes, there are people like that on the internet. I had someone ask me why they'd find their domain name in their web stats for search terms. I often wondered that, having seen it for years myself, but now I know... it's people like my friend, who Google everything.

      I tried to show him how to use the address field in the web browser but guess what he said, "no, it's easier this way".

      So while a simple technique such as javascript blocking won't stop everyone, there will be plenty that it would stop.

      I have seen the occasional news site that does crazy stuff when trying to highlight selected slabs of text. The only way to get the information (I'd often quote a few paragraphs in a forum post with a link back to the original source) is to Select All and then copy the whole lot. Then I'd have to find the bit I want from the big mess after I've pasted it into Notepad.

      I'll have to remember to have a look at what might be causing it, probably a bit of javascript.

  3. helenathegreat profile image87
    helenathegreatposted 8 years ago

    If I wanted to lift a photo with the right click disabled (on a PC), I would highlight it by dragging my cursor over it.  That almost always works despite the block.

    I agree with darkside, though, that it would deter plenty of people.

  4. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    This old article echos most of my opposition to disabling right click and copy and paste.  Doing so may stop neophytes, but they aren't really the ones you need to fear.

    1. darkside profile image83
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That's a good point.

  5. Stacie Naczelnik profile image87
    Stacie Naczelnikposted 8 years ago

    That was an interesting article.  Paul is just a library.

  6. embitca profile image81
    embitcaposted 8 years ago

    It's also not going to stop content thieves who are actually making money off your content. They already know how to get around that stuff. They aren't fools and they aren't internet newbs. Theft is their business model.