What measures can be taken to help prevent theft of online photos?
I know a few of the preventative measures already, but a fellow hubber was looking for some advice, and I'm curious to know about everything that can be done. Many of my own photos are taken without my permission too, and it's really not nice, especially when I see those pages with my photos on and there is not even a link or mention of my name or site. People do not use free image sites enough! Also, are there methods to sue people who take your photos without your permission, and if so, does something need to be place on your site, near your photos, for example?
When I have my photos on my computer, I use Picassa editor, I put a little saying, or my website link within the photo in a color that blends...You cannot get rid of it without changing the picture.
I suggest contacting these people with proof first. Maybe they will remove your pictures.
The only certain method of internet protection is watermarking. That is a process of adding text that contains your identity(nickname, website, e-mail...) as a transparent layer to the picture. Basically you should put it on the middle or on the most important part of the picture, so that someone can't just cut it out and show the rest of the image.
If you're looking to sue someone, i suggest you e-mail every image to yourself before uploading them, when someone takes them, you will have proof of having these images before they did, which is useful in a copyright claim sue.
Try to use this pictures watermarking tool
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